Barbara Walters Reportedly Plans To Retire

Is Barbara Walters poised to retire after more than 50 years in television?

The respected website deadline.com is reporting that a plan is in place for the 83-year-old TV legend to step down in May 2014.

Walters would receive a "big sendoff with retrospectives and other special content." [Source: deadline.com]

It's understandable that Walters would want to slow down. She was recently sidelined for six weeks as she battled the chicken pox, a serious illness for elderly people. She also fell and suffered a concussion. Walters survived open heart surgery in 2010.

Stephen Battaglio, Business Editor for TV Guide told INSIDE EDITION, "She's looking a little bit frail on The View set. It's better that she sets a date and really controls this time."

Trailblazing Barbara Walters was the first woman to co-host a news program, the Today show, in 1974. She has been co-host of The View since 1997.