ABC said in an announcement late Sunday that, until then, she will continue to anchor and report for the network, anchor specials throughout the year, and appear on The View. She will remain executive producer of The View.
‘I am very happy with my decision,’ Barbara said, ‘and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead. I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,’ she added. ‘I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and, OK, some men, too — who will be taking my place.’
ABC News President Ben Sherwood said ‘there is only one Barbara Walters. We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself. We look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career,’ he said, ‘filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories.’