Barbara Walters reportedly has some strong feelings about the way The View is being run these days.
Walters, who co-created The View with Bill Geddie in 1997, and served as a co-host until 2014, is apparently upset with the way things are being run these days. After both Raven-Symoné and Candace Cameron Bure announced their exits from the show, there is news that Walters isn't pleased with current leadership at ABC.
"She feels they've ruined the franchise that she and Bill Geddie built," a source told PageSix recently. "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."
That dig at "uninformed child actors" seems to be a dig at both Raven-Symoné and Cameron Bure, who have been in the news on more than one occasion for saying controversial things. It's not clear if Walters truly feels this way, but the fact that she didn't show up for the recent reunion of original hosts Debbie Matenopoulos, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar and Star Jones raised some eyebrows.
However, a representative for Walters revealed that she was on a vacation with her daughter during this time.
"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," the rep said.
Meanwhile, the past few years on The View have been rather tumultuous, with the amount of turnover among co-hosts reaching new heights. The show has gone through hosts very quickly since 2014, including Jenny McCarthy, Rosie Perez, Nicole Wallace, Michelle Collins and the return of Rosie O'Donnell, in addition to Raven-Symoné and Cameron Bure. Whoopi Goldberg has been with the show since 2007 and Behar returned in 2015.