Barbara Walters, who has spent her entire adult life on the small screen entertaining people, will be retiring in May 2014, according to sources close to the veteran ABC News personality.
Walters, 83, is expected to announce her retirement in the new few weeks. She will continue on The View through its next season, to help guide it as it transitions from its current state to whatever it will be when Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are gone (Behar and Hasselbeck have announced their exits already).
Expect a variety of tributes to Walters during her final year, as she has spent more than 50 years broadcasting and is arguably one of the most iconic figures in television history. The belief is that she will appear on other ABC News programs in addition to the View during her last 13 months on the job.
Her retirement has been expected for some time now, after her health problems this year. She contracted chicken pox earlier this year, which caused her to faint and cut her head open during a nasty fall in January, which hospitalized her.
In 2011, when interviewing President Barack Obama, she made a remark that she planned to retire "next year" which stunned media sources.
At the time, an ABC source said that "Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton administration."
However, it seems the curtain is finally closing for good this time.