Barbara Walters will be signing off from her longtime hit daytime talk show The View on May 16 after seventeen years on the air.
“[I'm excited] to find out if there’s something I can do besides television,” Barbara told ABC News. “I did not sleep last night. I thought, ‘Am I doing it now? Should I do it later?’ But then I thought it was better to go when people are saying, ‘Why is she leaving?’ than, ‘Thank goodness she’s leaving!’”
Barbara announced nearly a year ago that she planned on departing daytime television and now her farewell has been set for May. She will continue to executive produce the series and be a lifelong member of ABC News.
“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. “She’s a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire, and it’s impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It’s hard to imagine television without her.”
ARE YOU SAD to say goodbye to Barbara Walters on daytime television?