Veteran female journalist Barbara Walters has set May 16 as her final appearance on ABC’s daytime strip “The View” as the trades announce that she is bowing out from TV journalism.
It’s hard to believe that Walters’ 50-plus years in television is coming to an end, as so many Americans grew up with Ms.Walters giving them the news.
In the early 1950s, Walters wrote for the Morning Show, airing on CBS. Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, she developed her interviewing style though her years on NBC’s Today show and ABC’s 20/20. In 1975, she won her first Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for best host in a talk series. Earning $1 million annual salary, Walters accepted a job at ABC in 1976 as the first woman co-anchor of a network evening news program. That same year, she was chosen to moderate the third and final presidential debate between challenger Jimmy Carter and incumbent President Gerald Ford. In 1997, Barbara Walters premiered a since popular talk show called “The View.”
“In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters,” said Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger to Variety. “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.”