Saturday, March 2, 2024

Barbara Walters Returns to “The View” After 6 Weeks, Reminds Them She’s Executive Producer


Barbara Walters is having what they call a Field Day today. She’s been on “Good Morning America” and now she was just on “The View.” Remember, ABC News retired her six weeks ago. But now she has a special tonight, an interview with Peter Rodger, father of Elliot Rodger, the kid who killed 6 people in Santa Barbara.

Meanwhile, our “Santa Barbara” Walters reminded the audience and staff of “The View” that she’s still the executive producer of the show. It was the first thing she said when she sat down. She also invoked Bill Geddie’s name. The show was taped Wednesday. Within 36 hours news broke that the show was dumping Geddie plus co hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. The backstage fighting is said to be hand to hand.

And then there’s this Peter Rodger interview. They’ve pitched it that Rodger asked for Walters specifically, and that ABC News chief James Goldston called Walters and informed her of this. Maybe. But my guess is that Barbara campaigned and got Rodger, just to show that she’s still Barbara Walters. She’s throwing Goldston a bone in this version of the story. He has now learned you cannot outplay Barbara Walters. She’ll be on ABC until she’s 100 years old, trust me.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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