Barbara Walters' Scary Inauguration Fall Means It's Time for Retirement


barbara waltersSeasoned reporter Barbara Walters took a nasty fall this weekend while covering the Inauguration and was hospitalized shortly thereafter. Saturday night, the 83-year-old newswoman fell on a step at the residence of the British Ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, and cut her forehead open. ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said that after the fall Walters was alert and "telling everyone what to do, which we all take as a very positive sign." But still, maybe it's time to hang up the notebook and pencil, Babs. 

Or at least slow down a bit.

Think what you want of Barbara Walters, and her penchant for interrupting the people she's interviewing, but she's one of the most respected people in the news industry. She's been around since forever; she was the first female news anchor to earn a million dollar a year paycheck; her show, The View, is still going strong 16 years later; and each December, everyone looks forward to her Most Fascinating People list. She may not be liked by all, but the woman's a juggernaut. She's had career success most can only dream of. But with this latest injury -- even though she seems fine -- and after her heart surgery in 2010, why not just retire?

Clearly, journalism is in Walters' blood. She lives and breathes it, and isn't in the game for the paycheck anymore. But her body might be trying to tell her something: Slow down. I think it's great that she's still working -- it's obviously a labor of love -- but she doesn't need to be going Charlie's Angels 2 Full Throttle all the time.

I have the utmost respect for Barbara Walters and her vast and impressive career, but I think it'd be a wise decision to dial things back a notch. A fancy career is great. But without your health, what does it matter?

Do you think Barbara Walters should retire?


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DebaLa DebaLa

Then there are those esteemed and accomplished bloggers that fall flat on their faces every day, yet they're still here...

nonmember avatar Thinker

83?! Wow, I hope I look that good and still going strong accomplishing as much as she is when I'm that age. I hope she's ok after a fall like this.

Sleep... SleepingBeautee

Oh yes... she should quit working and stay home and wait to die.


She is full of vitality and should work as long as she wants to. You are only as old as you let yourself be. SHe is an inspiration and I hope I am as healthy and as active as she is at her age.

bills... billsfan1104

Nicole, why would you say this? She tripped. BFD!!!!


Wow! That has got to be one of the most ignorant things I've ever... Guess I should have hung it up at 14 when I slipped on some stairs. You are truly Stir crazy on this one here. What's it like to be permanently upright like you?

nonmember avatar kaerae

I tripped over a planter box in front of my office that has been there for YEARS the other day, 6 stitches! Guess I'm retiring in my forties, WOO HOO!

Nelli... NellieAthome

Oh wow - maybe we can arrange for Nicole Fabien-Weber to trip and cut her forehead then she would have to retire and stop writing this disrespectful drivel.....

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