Is Barbara Walters Retiring Next Year?

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Maybe 2012 really will be the end of the world, because reports are flying that legendary journalist Barbara Walters is planning to retire.

According to TMZ, the 20/20 news anchor, as well as producer and former co-host of The View, will finally retire after a decades long career. Babs supposedly spilled the beans to President Obama after an interview and according to TMZ’s source:

“During a break in the action, Barbara leaned over to Obama and said, “I need one more interview with you because I’m retiring next year.” Here’s the thing .. Barbara’s mic was open when she said it, and lots of people were listening.”

Nothing is confirmed or official, so we guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

On Wednesday night, Barbara revealed that late Apple founder Steve Jobs was her most fascinating person of 2011 in a TV special that aired on ABC. This marks the first time a deceased person earned the title. To see who else made the cut, check out the gallery above.