updated 05/16/2014 AT 5:15 PM ET
•originally published 05/15/2014 AT 5:40 PM ET
After 50 continuous years on TV screens, Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to broadcast news and The View. The 84-year-old announced her plans to retire from both her hosting and ABC News anchor posts in 2013. Friday afternoon’s episode of The View – the daytime talk show she started – will be Walters’s final sign off.
News anchors and talk show hosts across all channels are taking this moment to celebrate Walters and her groundbreaking career. To honor the TV veteran, we gathered famous figures from broadcast news and added a little Photoshop magic. Reunited with their younger selves, these talking heads are here to look back at news history and say “Goodnight and good luck!” to the influential Ms. Walters.
All illustrations by Tiffany Hagler-Geard and Linzi Silverman for PEOPLE.com.
There was a time when even the legendary silver fox was just a tiny kit.
Sawyer is getting a few practice hugs in before she has to bid farewell to her inspirational ABC News cohort.
Where in the world is Matt Lauer? Wherever the Fountain of Youth is, that’s where.
Whether she is working day or night, Couric always has a smile to light up the room.
Connie, Maury told us you were 67. Looking at these photos we’ve determined that is a lie.
Brokaw beat Walters to retirement, but post-news life hasn’t kept him from looking sharp.
For a man once tasked with filling Walter Cronkite’s seat, Rather looks rather care free.
Sunny skies and slimmer figures, that’s what’s happening in Al Roker’s neck of the woods.
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