Barbara Walters is said to be getting ready to call it a career -- and one heck of a career at that!
The veteran newswoman and co-host of "The View" is planning to retire in May 2014, according to various outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, E! News reports.
While the 83-year-old Walters rarely shows outward signs of slowing down, she has been plagued by some health issues in recent months, including a bang on the head suffered in a fall and then a case of shingles.
"People have said I should have my head examined. I did and I'm fine," Walters cracked on her return to 'The View' earlier this month after a six-week medical leave.
The rumor that she was considering packing it in for good actually started back in December 2011 after she was overheard telling President Barack Obama, during an interview with him for ABC News, "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year."
An ABC News exec told E! News at the time, "I just got off the phone with Barbara Walters, and she's joked that she's retiring every year since the Clinton administration."
After starting her career in magazine journalism, Walters went to work for NBC's "Today" in 1961 as a writer-researcher and went on to become the show's first female cohost in 1974.
She moved to ABC in 1976 and that's where she stayed, helming "20/20" for 25 years, first with Hugh Downs and then solo.
Walters co-created "The View" in 1997 and has been doing that ever since, along with her frequent interview specials, including her reveal of the "10 Most Fascinating People of the Year."
Kristen Bell is a mommy!
The once-and-again star of "Veronica Mars" and fiance Dax Shepard have welcomed a baby girl, their first child together, E! News reports.
And get a load of the kid's ready-for-the-national-stage name.
"Lincoln Bell Shepard is here," daddy tweeted today. "She has mom's beauty and dad's obsession with breasts. Hooray!!!"
Bell followed up about an hour later with: "My new roommate poops her pants and doesn't pay rent ... basically @daxshepard1 pre-sobriety :) welcome baby Lincoln xo."
She had just posted a photo to Whosay Wednesday of her little dog pressed up against her ready-to-burst belly with the caption, "Eavesdropping."
Apparently, what the dog heard was, "I'll be right there!"
Justin Bieber was so out of control during his altercation with a neighbor Tuesday, he had to be restrained by his bodyguard, according to the neighbor's account to police, TMZ reports.
The neighbor claims Justin spit in his face and threatened to kill him after he complained that the singer was driving his Ferrari at about 100 mph in the gated community.
The neighbor told L.A. County Sheriff's deputies Bieber wasn't done after hocking the loogie. He was lunging at the 47-year-old man and the bodyguard had to restrain him. It's interesting because earlier this month a bodyguard had to restrain Bieber from attacking a rude photog in London.
Sources say the singer insists he did not spit or attack the guy, but a landscaper directly across the street from Bieber's home says he saw the singer spit.
It's going to be Simon vs. Demi round two when "The X Factor" returns this fall.
Lovato is returning as a judge for season 3 of the Fox reality competition, the network announced Thursday.
"I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on 'The X Factor,'" the 20-year-old singer said in a statement. "Last season was an unbelievable experience and I really enjoyed developing personal relationships with the contestants and the panel. I look forward to taking my previous experience and applying it to make this season even better!"
Lovato, who was joined on last year's judging panel by Cowell, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears, famously clashed with the tough Brit during the show, swapping biting commentary as Cowell sometimes questioned Lovato's mentoring abilities.
Nevertheless, Cowell, a producer on the show, is ready for her return.
"I couldn't be happier that Demi wants to come back this year," Cowell said in a statement. "She's a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. Even though she can be really, really annoying -- I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists."
In January, a source close to Spears told People she was leaving the judging panel after appearing on only one season. Her replacement has yet to be announced.
He wrote a play called "Rock 'n' Roll," and now Tom Stoppard is returning to the topic with a radio drama inspired by Pink Floyd, The Associated Press reports.
The play marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the band's "Dark Side of the Moon."
The BBC said Thursday it is "a fantastical and psychedelic story based on themes from the seminal album."
Pink Floyd formed in 1965 and soon became stars of London's psychedelic scene. "The Dark Side of the Moon," released in 1973, has sold more than 40 million copies.
Stoppard's play "Dark Side" is due for broadcast on BBC radio in August, with a cast including Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell.
Actor Alec Baldwin has donated $2,500 to help the chess team at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island defray the cost of traveling to a national tournament next month, the AP reports.
The city of Central Falls has made national news because of financial problems, and the news coverage previously caught Baldwin's attention. Baldwin also contributed $10,000 two years ago to the Central Falls library to help it reopen after it was forced to close because of money problems.
WLNE-TV reports the chess team needs $8,000 to fund the trip to the national chess tournament in Tennessee. The team has competed in the national tournament six times.
Gucci Mane has been denied bond on charges stemming from a fan's accusation that the rapper hit him in the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub, the AP reports.
A fan says the rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, hit him in the club's V.I.P. area on March 16 while he tried to take a picture with Gucci Mane. The fan, James Lettley, says he needed 10 stitches.
Davis was in custody on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon and appeared in court Wednesday.
The rapper's attorney, Drew Findling, tells WSB-TV that Davis' criminal history made it difficult for a judge to set bond. Fulton County jail records show Davis has been arrested 10 times since 2005.
An arts festival has returned to Philadelphia, bringing a month of music, dance, theater, visual arts and family activities all loosely based on time travel, the AP reports.
The second Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts runs from Thursday through April 27.
The theme of this year's festival is "If You Had a Time Machine." More than 50 events and performances from local, national and international artists are exploring questions related to time travel. Many are looking at historic events in a new way or dreaming about what the future will look like.
The event culminates April 27 with a five-block stretch of Broad Street closed to traffic and transformed into a daylong street fair with food vendors, a Ferris wheel, live music and street performers.people