Barbara Walters Announces Retirement!

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Barbara Walters will be retiring…but not so fast…she will step down next summer. “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. I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it. 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.”Barbara told ABCNews that her daughter has been asking her to step down for years.

“I heard my daughter when she was a little girl saying on the phone, ‘My mommy doesn’t drive, my mommy burns the meatloaf, my mommy can’t do anything but television,’ I want to find out if there’s something I can do besides television.”

“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!'”

Still, Walters added that if the decision had been left to her daughter, Jacqueline, she would have stopped working long ago.

“For 25 years, she wanted me to do this,” she said. “She keeps me sane, she keeps me grounded. Children do that. My daughter’s in her forties and I’m very proud of her. I think a lot of working women struggle with the job and being home – and there’s never a right answer. Whatever you do is wrong, but whatever you do will turn out eventually to be OK.”

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