Not so long ago, there were rumors of a very specific kind going around about Diane Sawyer; namely, that she was drunk during her coverage of the election results. Of course, Sawyer, like most news reporters, was exhausted after extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy and hadn’t had much sleep, which caused her to act a little loopy on air.
Now, the latest scuttlebutt is that she’s retiring from the business altogether in order to deal with some pressing family issues.
“She has discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring,” a source told The New York Daily News. “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.”
But Sawyer’s rep says it’s just not true, and that while she’s been taking time off to go home and take care of her family’s problems, she isn’t going anywhere for the long term.
“That is not true,” Jeffrey Schneider, SVP of ABC News, said. “And had the Daily News actually asked us if Diane was considering retiring we would have told them yesterday that it wasn’t true.”