Barbara Walters returned to “The View” this morning with a big announcement. It came after a weekend of speculation after a Thursday gossip item that she was going to proclaim her total retirement. “If and when I have an announcement to make, I would make it on this program.” Walters looked extremely healthy and with it, and not like someone who was going to retire from anything–including a fight with ABC over her future.
Later in the show, Walters exclaimed to “General Hospital” actor Tony Geary “35 years–who has a job that long?” Everyone in the audience laughed, and clapped. Even Walters surprised herself. But she is clearly not ready to give into ABC. And the planted gossip item on Thursday–meant to seal her fate–has backfired.