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After breaking the news Sunday night, Barbara Walters, 83, made it official on Monday's episode of The View.
Her retirement announcement was the big Hot Topic of the day.
"So here, it goes," she said introducing in a taped segment, reviewing her career, starting with the Today show in 1961, when she was an on-air reporter and writer. She stayed for 15 years, which was surprising, she said because "I wasn't beautiful like many of the women on the program before me, I had trouble pronouncing my R's, I still do." She said she got the category for women on TV changed from "Today girls" to "co-hosts."
Click on USA Today to read more on her history in television.