updated 05/16/2014 AT 2:35 PM ET
•originally published 05/16/2014 AT 1:55 PM ET
Barbara Walters said goodbye to The View, the woman-powered talk show she created for ABC in 1997, Friday morning.
“I may be available for supermarket openings and charity auctions,” she joked at the hour’s close before going on to mention her interviews of the powerful and famous on her specials and then on to her many years as the unmistakeable head of the table on The View, on which she’ll remain executive producer.
This had been billed, somewhat delicately, as Walters’s farewell to daytime television, but her summing up sounded very much like a pronounced “I’m outta here!”
It was a quiet sendoff compared to Thursday’s show, which brought back all the women who ve appeared as her View cohosts, including Meredith Vieira, Rosie O’Donnell and Debbie Matenopoulos. This was something I had not expected to see in my lifetime.