Diane Sawyer Rumors Denied, ABC Says No Retirement Imminent

Diane Sawyer rumors have been circulating in recent days, as reports swirl that the longtime ABC media presence will be retiring imminently.

The Diane Sawyer rumors suggest that the 67-year-old veteran broadcaster — the first female correspondent for 60 Minutes — is ready to call time on her lengthy career in media. But as the tales gained momentum, denials were issued that as she approaches 70, Sawyer plans to get out of the game.

The said to be spurious Diane Sawyer rumors came courtesy of New York Daily News, and the paper claimed Diane was gearing to hang up her microphone and wind down. In a report, the rag cites an unnamed insider who dished on Sawyer’s impending retirement:

“She has discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring … She said she’ll be ready to hang it up not long down the road. She loves work and what she does and has endless energy, but she’s overwhelmed with personal problems and she is thinking about leaving to take care of her family.”

The Diane Sawyer rumors sparked largely by the article have been seemingly put to rest however. Mediaite reports that Jeffrey Schneider, SVP at ABC News, not only refuted the claim but insinuated that the NYDN did not live up to their fact checking duties in running the scuttlebutt:

“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.”

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As it stands, Sawyer is approaching an age at which she may want to slow down in the somewhat near future, but it seems safe to say this round of Diane Sawyer rumors were based more on speculation than fact.