Good Morning America: Barbara Walters Retirement
On The View May 13, Barbara Walters announced that after 50 years on television, she will retire next year. She said that she chose summer of 2014 to be the end of her long-standing career because, “it’s time.” She said that she doesn’t want to be the person that people say, “She’s still on TV?”
She also brought up the point that now that she has announced it will be her final year on television, she can get all the big interviews because people will want to be interviewed by her before her retirement. She said that Queen Elizabeth has never given an interview and neither has any Pope, so maybe this last year on television will be her chance to sit down with them for an interview. She said that she’s definitely not going to miss trying to get people to sit down with her and said, “There’s always an alleged murderer who has an agent.”
Good Morning America: Barbara Walters Best Interviews
When asked which of her interviews was the most striking, she recalls an interview with former president of Egypt Anwar Sadat. She said that she chose this interview because of how Sadat changed the course of history.
“He was such a great leader,” she said. She also recalled interviewing a young Angelina Jolie. Barbara remembers Angelina talking about issues of self-harm, saying she would cut herself and that she had a death wish. Barbara said, “She’s so brave,” about Angelina’s recent double mastectomy and commented on the remarkable person Angelina Jolie has turned out to be.
Good Morning America: Barbara Walters’ Final Year
Barbara Walters said that she does not want to go out with a whimper when she retires next summer. She said that there are many specials in the works with ABC and she’s hoping to draw some big names for these interviews. She said that with announcing her retirement with one final year left, “it’s like hearing my obit!”