Barbara Walters Announces Retirement At Age 83

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"I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire very gifted women."

We had a feeling this was coming.

At the age of 83, Barbara Walters has finally announced she's retiring.

“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News,” Walters said in a statement. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”

She adds, “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. 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.”

Walters, who  has spent 37 years at ABC News,  will remain executive producer of " The View."

The TV vet joined the network  in 1976 as the  first female co-anchor of the evening news before going on to co-host "20/20."

Prior to ABC, Walters spent 15 years at NBC  News, where she was a co-host of the " Today" show.

Walters will also make an announcement on today's "The View."



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