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ABC Reveals Barbara Walters Retirement Date

On Monday morning, ABC revealed that Barbara Walters will end her decades-long run as a host of The View on May 16, with a two-hour special set to air that evening on the network.

The 84-year-old Walters was one of the creators of The View and announced her retirement last year without naming a formal exit date. She has no plans to host occasional specials or do any reports for ABC News.

Walters joined ABC in 1976, when she famously became the first female anchor on an evening news program. She later became a co-host of 20/20 and launched The View in 1997.

According to the ABC press release, the network’s New York headquarters will be named in her honor during a ceremony this spring.

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