ABC Denies Diane Sawyer's Possible Retirement

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ABC is setting the record straight about Diane Sawyer's future after it was reported that the star newswoman was considering retirement as early as this year.

"That is not true," Jeffrey Schneider, SVP of ABC News, told ET in a statement when contacted about the report in Tuesday's New York Daily News' "Confidential" column.

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"And had the Daily News actually asked us if Diane was considering retiring we would have told them yesterday that it wasn't true," the statement added.

In its report, the Daily News quoted "a source close to Sawyer" as saying that the 67-year-old ABC World News anchor had "discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring," possibly sometime in 2013.

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The report added that while Sawyer "loves work and what she does and has endless energy," she also had been "overwhelmed with personal problems and was thinking about leaving to take care of her family."