Barbara Walters is set to announce in May that she’ll retire in one year, according to reports.
ABC officials told CNN “no comment” when asked if the 83-year-old legendary journalist is getting ready to wrap things up at the network, where she’s been a star journalist since 1976.
She has sat down with every U.S. President and First Lady since Richard and Pat Nixon. She began in TV in 1961 as a writer for TODAY, eventually ascending to become the first female network anchor at the time. In 1976, she migrated to ABC, signing a then-record $1 million with the network (more than twice than that of iconic newsman Walter Cronkite’s $400,000 salary at the time).
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As we previously reported, Walters kicked off the year in disastrous form, first suffering from a concussion when she fell at an inauguration party at the home of the British ambassador, followed by a bout with chicken pox, which sidelined her for six weeks in total.
On Friday’s Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos said he ran into Walters in the elevator at ABC, and that when he asked her about the rumors, she just “rolled her eyes.”