After 53 years on television, Barbara Walters is retiring today (or something). For the 84-year-old's final appearance on the show she helped create and will continue to executive produce, The View, about two dozen women in broadcast journalism joined her onstage to honor the woman who helped pave their way in broadcast journalism, and tell Walters, "Goodnight, Moon!" one last time in front of cameras (maybe). Oprah was there! So was Gayle (of course). Kathie Lee and Hoda seemed sober. Elisabeth Hasselbeck wept.
After the all-star outpouring, Walters delivered a monologue about retiring. "From the bottom of my heart to all of you with whom I have worked, and to all of you who have watched, and have been at my side for so many years, I can say: thank you, thank you, but then, who knows what the future brings!" said Walters hinting that this isn't the last we'll be seeing of her. Instead of saying goodbye, she said she preferred to leave it at, "À bientôt," which is French for "celebrity retirement is just a stunt, anyway." Just kidding, it means, "See you later."
ABC is airing a special on Walters' life and career tonight.