Rosie O’Donnell was noticeably absent on The View‘s touching tribute to its former host, Barbara Walters, on Jan. 3, and now we all know why. The 60-year-old comic, who was additionally a co-host on the discuss present at one level, apparently couldn’t be there to honor the legendary journalist, who died on the age of 93 on Dec. 30, as a result of scheduling conflicts. “She was flying again and unable to attend,” Rosie’s rep informed Web page Six. “She has posted fantastic reminiscences of her relationship with Barbara.”
These reminiscences have been included in Rosie’s tribute publish to Barbara, which she shared to her Instagram very shortly after her pal and former colleague’s dying went public. “Very unhappy to listen to about Barbara Walters’ passing, though 93, man…who wouldn’t take that?” Rosie mentioned at the start of the video. She went on to speak concerning the “lengthy, eventful, and legendary life she had” and mentioned she “was fortunate sufficient to be in her orbit for an excellent a few years.” She ended the video by saying she hopes she “rests in peace” and insisted that she wouldn’t be forgotten.
Though Rosie wasn’t part of The View‘s tribute, the episode included present and former hosts who shared their loving reminiscences of Barbara. Whoopi Goldberg, Pleasure Behar, and Sunny Hostin talked concerning the lasting influence she made and the way it was to work alongside her. Sherry Shepherd, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, and Meredith Vieria additionally spoke concerning the unimaginable star both in particular person on the studio or on dwell video or telephone.
After the tribute aired, some followers took to social media to speak about Rosie’s absence and a few expressed disappointment that she wasn’t included. Some additionally speculated that the explanation she didn’t take part within the present, which she co-hosted from 2006-2007 and once more from 2014-2015, was due to some drama she had with Barbara previously. Her rep was fast to disclaim this rumor. “They did NOT have a rocky relationship. It was repaired a few years in the past,” the rep added to Web page Six.
Just like the co-hosts of The View, many associates and celebrities shared their very own tributes to Barbara via posts or statements after her dying. Fellow journalists/tv present hosts, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, and Deborah Roberts expressed love in addition to others like singer Paul McCartney, Monica Lewinsky, and Meghan McCain, making her legacy stronger than ever.
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