Barbara Walters sets May 16 for exit

Associated Press file photo provided by ABC -- 'The View' co-host  Joy Behar talks with Barbara Walters, who is shown wearing a hand-knitted scarf made especially for her by Monica Lewinsky. Show caption
Associated Press file photo provided by ABC -- 'The View' co-host Joy Behar talks with Barbara Walters, who is shown wearing a hand-knitted scarf made especially for her by Monica Lewinsky.

NEW YORK — Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her.

Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prime-time special on her career. Walters, who is 84, began in television in 1961 and became the medium’s best-known interviewer. She announced last year that she will retire from regular TV appearances.

Walters will remain involved behind the scenes as an executive producer at “The View,” the daytime talk show she invented.

ABC said Monday that Walters will also be a lifelong member of the ABC News team, and will make special appearances as news warrants.