Barbara Walters Will Leave '20/20' to Focus on Specials

Memorable 20/20 guests have included Patricia Hearst, both in prison and after her release; Claus Von Bulow before and after his acquittal; Jane Fonda's apology for her anti-Vietnam War actions; world leaders such as Cuban President Fidel Castro, China's Jiang Zemin and Russian President Vladimir Putin; the first interview with Christopher Reeve after his crippling accident; the first interview with actor and murder suspect Robert Blake; Sen. Hillary Clinton talking about her autobiography; and the first interview with Martha Stewart since her indictment on charges related to stock trading. In 1999, Walters conducted the first interview with Monica Lewinsky, which set a ratings record for a broadcast news program.

"My admiration for Barbara and her contributions to ABCNEWS and our national conversation cannot be overstated," said Bob Iger, president of The Walt Disney Company, ABC's corporate parent. "And even though she will be cutting back a bit in the fall from her weekly duties on 20/20, I know there will be new and compelling chapters to look forward to in Barbara Walters' remarkable career."

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