Barbara Walters Thinks ‘The View’ Is “Ruined” — Report
Barbara Walter isn’t enjoying The View these days, two-and-a-half years after retiring as host of the ABC daytime talk show.
The 87-year-old journalist is reportedly displeased with The View’s evolution since her years on the show, blaming ABC News’ leadership and casting decisions.
In fact, Barbara is reportedly so irked by the changes, she opted out of the post-election special that reunited the other original hosts: Debbie Matenopoulos, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, and Star Jones.
“She feels they’ve ruined the franchise that she and [co-creator] Bill Geddie built,” a source tells Page Six.
“Instead of focusing on smart, educated women with strong talent, they cast uninformed child actors on the show.
“The legacy has been compromised because of poor casting and bad leadership under ABC News.”
Still, the Emmy winner had an alibi for missing that post-election reunion: She and her daughter were in Florida at the time.
But Barbara’s rep insists there is no problem.
“It was a prearranged vacation for the two of them. She calls the control room multiple times a week to offer her suggestions.
“She has a wonderful relationship with the show.”
An ABC rep also denied the report, “There’s no better producer than Barbara Walters, and we’re always grateful for her notes about the show.
“The ratings are up, and we’re very proud of the team.”
Barbara’s track history with The View may corroborate the rumblings of her discontent, however.
After her retirement in May 2014, she returned as a guest co-host seven times — but she hasn’t been seen on the show since December 2015.
That’s not all the behind-the-scenes drama Page Six is reporting.
Fuller House actress Candace Cameron Bure’s recent decision to leave the show followed weeks of being missing in action, apparently.
“She was at a ‘Hot Topics’ meeting and said she didn’t feel well,” a source says.
“She went home and no one heard from her for several weeks — even her close friends at the show.
“People thought she was about to have a breakdown because she was exhausted. She didn’t return anyone’s calls and went AWOL.
We were not surprised when she returned and asked to get out of her contract.”
Meanwhile, Raven-Symoné is also leaving the show, and the party line is that she’s doing so to focus on her upcoming That’s So Raven spin-off.
But Page Six says ABC wanted to “slowly phase out” both Raven and Cameron starting last summer “in order to avoid another embarrassing public shake-up.”
Despite the execs’ best efforts, though, it seems like embarrassment just follows The View around.
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