“She has discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring,” the anonymous source said. “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.”
Sawyer has been spending more time with her mother, who is fighting an illness, the source said, according to the New York Daily News.
ABC executives are denying the rumors. “That is not true,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider told MediaBistro on Monday. “And had the Daily News actually asked us if Diane was considering retiring we would have told them yesterday that it wasn’t true.”
Sawyer has worked at ABC for almost 25 years, including a long stint co-anchoring the network’s morning show, “Good Morning America.”