Barbara Walters Sets Exit Date

    Television personality Barbara Walters arrives for the premiere of the film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" in New York September 20, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS PROFILE) - RTXSGYB

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    Barbara Walters, one of the longest-lasting and well-known faces in the history of television, has decided on her final on-air date. Walters will serve as co-host of The View, a program she helped create, for the last time on May 16. "In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters," Robert Iger, Disney chairman and CEO. Walters joined ABC in 1976 as the first female anchor for the evening news. Walters, who announced she would retire last year, said at the time "I thought it was better to go when people are saying, 'Why is she leaving?' than, 'Thank goodness she's leaving!'"

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