Barbara Walters blames ABC brass for destroying the legacy of “The View.”
The legendary newswoman, who created the show with Bill Geddie, is afraid that the show is going to be remembered for the constant cast changes and backstage fights, the New York Post’s Page Six reported.
“She feels they’ve ruined the franchise that she and Bill Geddie built. 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,” a source told Page Six.
Walters was conspicuously absent from a reunion of the show’s original cast members last month but a representative for the star denied rumors of a rift with the show and said the Walters was on a pre-planned vacation.
“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,” her rep said.
Candace Cameron-Bure is the most recent host to leave the show and sources told Page Six that Bure disappeared for weeks before she asked to be let out of her contract.
“She was at a ‘Hot Topics’ meeting and said she didn’t feel well. 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,” the source said.
A representative for ABC brushed off the report of Walters discontent and insisted all is well.
“There’s no better producer than Barbara Walters, and we’re always grateful for her notes about the show,” the rep told Page Six. “The ratings are up, and we’re very proud of the team.”
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