Charlie Gibson Talks About His Exit on ‘The View’

by | December 14, 2009 at 5:23 PM | TV News

While chatting about his exit from ‘World News Tonight’ on ‘The View’ Monday, Charlie Gibson revealed that he thinks that he’s not as good at his job as he was when he was younger.

“I worked for ABC for over a third of a century,” he said to Barbara Walters. “I’ve anchored one of their major programs for over 23 years, and I don’t do it as well as I used to.”

Gibson’s last day anchoring the ABC evening news is this Friday. He passes the torch to his colleague Diane Sawyer, with whom he co-hosted ‘Good Morning America’ from 1999 to 2006.

“There is another chapter and I am anxious to do it,” says the legendary anchor when asked why he is leaving his prestigious position. “I will be 67. I was going to retire a couple of years ago and then Peter’s [Jennings] illness interceded. My wife had retired. There’s just lots of stuff I want to do.”

“Like what?” asked Walters, who teared up during the segment.

“Well, I don’t know,” he said, adding that he may work on a college campus in the fall or eventually come back to television. He also added that he would like to travel with his wife “for a few months.”

“This job is binary,” he explained. “There’s no way you can taper off this job. You either do it in full, or you don’t do it at all. It’s a little bit like jumping off a cliff.”

When asked about his feelings on doing his final show, Gibson said, “I love what I do, so that’s hard … Once I get past Friday and once I get to focus on what’s to come, I think that will get easier.”