After more than a half century in the TV news business, Barbara Walters is officially retiring. She taped her final episode of "The View" on Thursday, which will air Friday.
ABC will also air a two-hour primetime special called "Barbara Walters: My Story" that night.
Walters, 84, confirmed her retirement last year on the "The View," saying that she had "promised you that if I had anything to announce about my future plans, I would announce it here first, so here it goes,” at the beginning of the show.
After a career montage and standing ovation from the audience, Walters looked teary-eyed and said that though she is retiring, “I am not walking into the sunset.” Walters will be joined by some of the old co-hosts of "The View" in her final show.
When asked why she decided to retire now, Walters said “I know it's time. I want to leave when people are saying why is she leaving, not why didn't she leave?”
The veteran ABC news anchor and TV personality has had an illustrious career filled with unforgettable interviews and news specials, and she became the first woman to ever host an evening newscast. She's interviewed everyone from Fidel Castro to Tom Cruise, as well as every U.S. president and first lady since Richard and Pat Nixon.
On May 12, Walters was honored in a special ceremony where they named the ABC News building on West 66th Street in New York after her. At the building dedication, the journalist noted what she thinks is her true legacy.
“People ask me very often, ‘what is your legacy,’ and it’s not the interviews with presidents, or heads of state, nor celebrities,” Walters said. “If I have a legacy, and I’ve said this before and I mean it so sincerely, I hope that I played a small role in paving the way for so many of you fabulous women.”