Why Rosie O’Donnell Skips Tribute to Barbara Walters

Rosie O’Donnell was not present at The View hosts’ tribute to the late Barbara Walters on Tuesday due to scheduling conflicts.

“She was coming back and couldn’t make it,” the “Rosie O’Donnell Show” alum rep told Page Six on Tuesday.

She posted wonderful memories of her relationship with Barbara.

Right after Walters He died on December 30 at the age of 93O’Donnell He took her Instagram To commemorate the famous journalist.

“What a legendary, long and eventful life it has been,” said the “League of Their Own” star.

Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters pose for a photo together.
Rosie O’Donnell wasn’t able to cast Barbara Walters in “The View” because she was too busy traveling, her rep claims.
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“I was fortunate enough to be in her orbit for a good many years and we saw a lot of Broadway shows together… I hope she rests in peace and everyone may remember what barriers she broke for women. She really did. She was the first and always will be remembered.”

A spokesperson for “The View” pointed out to TV Line On Tuesday, they extended an invitation to O’Donnell to take part in an on-air tribute aside from her social media post.

Barbara Walters's photo
Walters died on December 30. The cause of her death has not yet been revealed.
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On Tuesday’s episode, hosts of The View, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin, paid tribute to the legendary anchor.

“It was surreal,” Lisa Ling, who was on “The View” alongside Walters from 1999 to 2022, said of her time on the show. “I’d been watching Barbara my whole life and she was sitting next to me to my left and it was just an incredible feeling.”

Sherri Shepherd, who co-hosted “The View” from 2007 to 2014, added that she felt Walters defended her “viciously” while on the show.

In a separate clip, “show” veterans Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos also recalled working with Walters.

Meredith Vieira, who co-hosted “The View” from 1997 to 2006 and was the first coordinator of the show, called back on the phone because she wasn’t feeling well.

“She’s sick — that’s why she can’t be here, but she’s a soldier. She’s on the phone,” Behar indicated.

Sarah Haines added to Vieira, “I know you don’t want to miss out on honoring Barbara.”

The longtime anchor then went on to credit Walters for being the reason the talk show took off, noting, “We had bad ratings at first, but there was so much respect for Barbara among the people at ABC that they keep looking at her now.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck couldn’t be in the studio, however Called via video conference She has spoken of her opinion of Walters, her “TV mom” and “mentor”.

Viewers took to social media during the show’s broadcast to call out O’Donnell’s absence.

“I know the show has bad blood with Rosie O’Donnell, but it would have been nice if they included her today. #theview,” one person said. chirp.

else books“,” I wish @Rosie was included in @TheView’s memorial to Barbara Walters. #TheView #RosieODonnell.

Screenshot of Barbara Walters' tribute on Barbara Walters' Instagram.
“I was fortunate enough to be in her orbit,” O’Donnell said moments after news of Walters’ death broke.
Rosie / Instagram

Some have speculated that the couple’s rocky relationship in the past may have played a role in O’Donnell’s decision.

However, the “Smilf” alum actor adds to Page Six, “They didn’t have a rocky relationship. They reformed many years ago.”

In 2019, it was reported that Walters once He allegedly threatened to end ‘The View’ Because of her complaints about the comedian.

However, O’Donnell Owned up to her side In the alleged feud in the tell-all book,”The Ladies Who Punched: The Explosive Inside Story of The ViewShe admitted that she “said some things she shouldn’t have said to Walters.”

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