Barbara Walters On Retirement: ‘I Have No Announcements To Make’

By Alex Weprin Comment

ABC’s “The View” returned with a new edition today, and Barbara Walters opened the show by dealing with that elephant in the room: her coming retirement. Walters gave a lengthy non-answer, saying “I have no announcements to make.”

“Nothing is going on. Even though our programs have been original, they have been taped, so we have not commented. There were many reports last week saying that I was retiring from ABC, and there was an assumption that I would be making an announcement today,” Walters said. “However, here I am, and I have no announcements to make [ applause ]. But I do want to say this, that if and when I might have an announcement to make, I would do it on this program, I promise, and the paparazzi guys, you will be the last to know.”

TVNewser and other outlets reported on Friday that Walters was planning to retire from ABC News, with the network presenting a year of specials leading up to her departure.