"ABC: A Barbara Celebration" Honors the Television Icon and The View.

By Ann B. Clark Apr 07, 2014

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After more than five decades entertaining and informing generations of Americans, Barbara Walters says goodbye to daily television (watch her announcement above). On Friday, May 16, she will make her final co-host appearance on The View and a two-hour ABC primetime special celebrating her incredible life, both on screen and off. 

Behind the scenes Walters will continue to be an active part of The View in her role as Executive Producer along with Executive Producer Bill Geddie, her producing partner of more than 25 years. She will continue to be a lifelong member of the ABC News team, making special appearances as news warrants. 

Last May Barbara announced that the 17th season for The View would be her last.  All season, The View has been celebrating her career by highlighting her most famous interviews with the ongoing series, "The Year of Barbara."

To celebrate the television and news icon, ABC will honor the broadcast legend with a week-long celebration May 12-16. The View will celebrate Walters' final week, culminating with her final co-host appearance on Friday, May 16. There will also be a two-hour primetime ABC special highlighting her illustrious, unparalleled career which will air Friday, May 16, 9-11 pm. 

For a slideshow of notable moments from Barbara's amazing career, click here