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.”
While no one knows for sure if the rumors are true, the paper’s source says that Sawyer is also helping her mother battle an illness. “No one wants to see her going through a rough time, adds the all-knowing source. “She’s the nicest woman. If it’s a co-worker’s birthday, she’ll throw a party. Anything to show everyone a good time.” Between the anchors work schedule and spending time with her mother, rest is not an option. “Diane has been going home for long weekends for years every couple of weeks, and that has not been new,” says the source. “She doesn’t have any plans to be taking off any time.”
Sawyer, 67, succeeded Charles Gibson in 2009 as the anchor of ABC World News. Before that, she co-hosted Good Morning America for more than 10 years. Sawyer made headlines, but not in the best way, for her erratic performance during ABC News’ Election Night coverage. Her odd behavior was later attributed to long hours, as well as a loss of electricity at the studio she was broadcasting from.