U.S. broadcasting veteran Barbara Walters has shut down reports she is set to retire next year (14).

Rumours the 84-year-old newswoman was stepping away from the spotlight in May, 2014 hit the Internet last month (Mar13) amid ongoing concerns about her health after she hospitalised following a recent fall and diagnosed with chicken pox.

However, Walters set the record straight on Monday (01Apr13) while co-hosting her American chat show The View, explaining, "There were many reports last week saying that I was retiring from (Tv network) ABC and there was an assumption that I would be making an announcement today. However, here I am and I have no announcement to make.

"But I do say this: that if and when I might have an announcement to make, I will do it on this programme, I promise."