Not Her View: Barbara Walters Feels ABC Has Ruined Her Beloved Show
Barbara Walters co-created The View in 1997 and served as a host on the all-woman panel of the show up until 2014. However, after stepping down, she is reportedly not happy with the direction the show has been taking. The show was made to "focus on smart, educated women with strong talent,” but has apparently not been fulfilling her definition of the right kind of women hosts, compromising the legacy she wanted to leave behind. According to a source for Page Six, Walters feels ABC has been casting “uniformed child actors” and she is not happy with the executives. She fears the constant revolving of hosts and inner studio conflicts will leave the talk show she lovingly managed for years in a disastrous wake.
In a recent episode that aimed to reunite old hosts like Star Jones and Meredith Vierira, Walters did not appear. Her representative claimed she was vacationing in Florida with her daughter, but her deliberate absence from this reunion was glaring. Walters’ representative also claimed that Walters still offers notes on the show and has a good relationship with the executives. An ABC rep backed this claim by reporting that the show loves their BaWa producer and that they are attentive to her notes.
Are PR teams working hard to cover up Walters’ disdain for the show’s direction or is everything actually civil and friendly between the famous journalist and her left-behind legacy talk show? Either way, let’s hope The View lives up to Barbara Walter’s expectations in the coming year.