Barbara Walters will be saying goodbye to The View next month.
that her last appearance as a host on the daytime talk show will be May 16.
It s a special day for me, she said as she addressed her final date on Monday s episode of the show.
She launched the show in 1997 and will continue on as its executive producer. She will also still be involved with ABC,
"In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there s Barbara Walters, said Disney Chairman Robert A. Iger. 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.
Walters began at ABC in 1975. She also co-hosted 20/20.
To celebrate her lengthy broadcast career, the network will also air a retrospective May 16 at 8 p.m.
Walters told The View audience she feels sad about her time on the show winding down, but proud to be a part of it.
It feels right for me, she said. I love this show. I love what we ve done. It will continue without me. But I also know that it s time. I don t want people to say, Is she still here?