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Faces & names: Walters bids journalism a see you later


Don’t expect Barbara Walters to fade away after she retires: The news legend said at a party Wednesday for her retirement from journalism that she isn’t ready to say goodbye for good.

“Who knows what the future brings?” Walters asked in her not-necessarily-farewell speech. “Maybe instead of goodbye I should say à bientôt — which in French means ‘see you later.’ ”

Walters said her à bientôts at an ABC News party celebrating her six decades in journalism, which included serving as the first woman to anchor a nightly news broadcast. She said, with plenty of modesty, that her first night on the air was a mess. But she added that if she paved the way for other women, she was grateful.

Walters will leave ABC’s “The View” after Friday’s show.