ABC Denies Diane Sawyer Retirement Rumors

She’s not overwhelmed with personal problems, not looking to take time off

By on January 30th, 2013 15:28 GMT

Reports online, coming from unnamed insiders, claim that Diane Sawyer is so “overwhelmed with personal problems” that she’s already planning her retirement, which should happen this year, no later. They’re not true, ABC says.

“That’s a bunch of nonsense as we made clear and Diane’s plans for 2013 haven’t changed in any way,” a rep for the network says, as cited by mediaite.

Shortly afterwards, Jeffrey Schneider, SVP at ABC News, has also issued a statement, blasting the New York Daily News for spreading the rumor without as much as bothering to check for confirmation.

“That is not true. And had the Daily News actually asked us if Diane was considering retiring we would have told them yesterday that it wasn’t true,” Schneider says.

So that’s it: Diane Sawyer stays put, at least for 2013.

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