The View’s Rosie O’Donnell Breaks Her Silence on Missing Barbara Walters Tribute Show

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On Tuesday, an explanation was given for why Rosie O’Donnell didn’t attend The View’s emotional farewell to Barbara Walters.

Her management told the public she couldn’t make it due to a schedule conflict, but O’Donnell explained on Instagram that she had to skip out for personal matters.

They asked for my attendance, but I couldn’t go,” O’Donnell said in a video she posted on Tuesday night. She said, “I also got nervous in enormous gatherings.”

“I didn’t want to risk becoming angry; therefore, I didn’t want to. Because of this, we determine:” She relaid more information regarding what happened.

Upon learning that the trailblazing journalist “had no mentors or role models; she was the first guiding light for everyone else,” Kathy Griffin was taken aback.

She said that both sexism and ageism were wrong when questioned about them. “She jumped fearlessly into the lion’s open maw. She was already in her 50s when she came up with the idea for The View, and at that point in life, few individuals make dramatic changes in their careers.”

Her Goldberg agrees with Goldberg’s opinion that “the industry must recognize her.” And she was adamant that it stay that way, saying, “She would have none of it if you didn’t gush over her. Nobody else existed on the planet quite like her.”

Meredith Vieira, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Sherri Shepard, and Star Jones all paid homage to Barbara Walters in the show’s final portions, either in person, through phone, or via Zoom. During a Zoom meeting, Elisabeth Hasselbeck reminisced about her time working with Barbara Walters and commended Walters’ “compassionate questioning.”

On Tuesday’s episode of The View, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and the rest of the panel dedicated the opening montage and homage to Barbara Walters, calling her “the person who altered the way the world watches daytime television.”

The announcer said, “Today, The View pays tribute to Barbara Walters,” before Goldberg and Behar joined co-host Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, and Alyssa Farr Griffin onstage.

People are discussing her death on every program, but I think we understood her the best,” Behar said.

Then, after her speech, Walters played some of her most-watched interviews with famous people and prominent politicians. Obama, Cheney, McCartney, and Williams were among the famous people she mentioned.

On Friday, at the age of 93, the journalist and co-creator of the lunchtime discussion program passed away suddenly. The tragic news was confirmed by ABC News, albeit the official reason for death has not been made public as of this writing. Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted about the loss of Walt Disney Company executive Walters. They got together on a Friday night in New York.

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