After hearing official word on her imminent departure, we're not at all ashamed to admit we spent much of Monday wiping away dried, salty tears from our face!!
Barbara Walters is retiring from The View in 2014 and the world sure will miss her charm, experience, and thoughtful insight!
We're elated she's beginning a new phase of her life, though, and THRILLED she has the clout to dictate her own terms!
One insider revealed: