*Barbara Walters is set to make her final appearance as co-host of “The View” on May 16, ABC News reported this morning.
The legendary journalist, who announced last year that she planned to retire this spring, will also be the focus of a two-hour special about her life and career, airing on ABC that night, from 9-11 p.m.
ABC News headquarters in New York City will also be named in her honor during a dedication ceremony this spring.
Walters is due to discuss these plans in detail on Monday’s episode of “The View,” which will toast her career with a week-long celebration.
“In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “She’s a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire, and it’s impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It’s hard to imagine television without her.”