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Barbara Walters: 'I Don't Want To Go After Those Big Gets Anymore'

05/14/2013 09:37 am ET | Updated May 14, 2013

Barbara Walters lamented the current state of television journalism while discussing her retirement plans with friend and New York Post columnist Cindy Adams on Monday.

Walters announced over the weekend that she will retire next year. On Monday night, she met with Adams. The two discussed Walters' plans, and looked back on the legendary newswoman's career.

“In the old days, a head of state was a coup," Walters reportedly told Adams. "Today it’s ratings. And audiences would rather hear about movie stars. Today murderers have agents plus lawyers who themselves have agents. I don’t want to go after those big gets anymore."

Reports about Walters' intentions to retire in May 2014 emerged in March. She confirmed the plan on Sunday, and discussed her plans on "The View."

"It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride," she said on Monday. "I'm perfectly healthy, this is my decision, I've been thinking about it for a long time, and this is what I want to do."

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