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Barbara Walters Sets May 16 For Exit From "The View"

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    Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her.

    Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prime-time special on her career. Walters, who is 84, began in television in 1961 and became the medium's best-known interviewer. She announced last year that she will retire from regular TV appearances.

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    Walters will remain involved behind the scenes as an executive producer at "The View," the daytime talk show she invented.

    "That way, I can keep my eye on all of you," she said on Monday's show, with a glance at her fellow panelists, as well as watch her longtime producer Bill Geddie "get older and balder — as I get blonder."

    Walters will be a lifelong member of the ABC News team, and she will make special appearances as news warrants.