The folks over at ABC will honor Barbara Walters' retirement with a week-long celebration in order to properly pay tribute to the 84-year-old's 50+ years of work!
After beginning her broadcast career in the '50s, the iconic talk show host is ready to hang up her interviewing shoes, and will tape her final episode of The View on May 16.
"I've been thinking about it a long time, this is what I want to do," Barbara said when announcing her impending retirement a year ago. "I don't want to appear on another program, I don't want to climb another mountain."
She continued, "I hope that I may have also inspired other women to make television in front of or behind the camera...it's their time now."
The journalist will continue to executive produce The View, an all-female talk show she co-created in 1997, and will make special appearances for ABC News when needed.
Apart from her final taping, which is bound to be emotional, ABC will air a two-hour special later in the night to highlight her life and impressive career.
As part of the week-long festivities, ABC News Headquarters in New York City will be named in her honor.
The hardworking mother-of-one joined the network in 1976, becoming the first female anchor of an evening news program. She became co-host of 20/20 in 1979 before starting work on The View.
"In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters," Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Walt Disney Company said when announcing her retirement date.
"She's a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire...It's hard to imagine television without her."
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