Rosie O’Donnell was not present for “The View” co-hosts’ tribute to the late Barbara Walters on Tuesday due to scheduling conflicts.
“She was flying back and couldn’t attend,” the former ‘Rosie O’Donnell Show’ rep told Page Six on Tuesday.
“She posted wonderful memories of her relationship with Barbara.”
Immediately after Walters passed away on December 30 at the age of 93, O’Donnell took to her Instagram to commemorate the iconic journalist.
“What a legendary long and eventful life she had,” the ‘League of Their Own’ star said.
“I was lucky enough to be in her orbit for many years and we saw many Broadway shows together… May she rest in peace and may everyone remember the barriers she broke for women. She really did. She was the first and will always be remembered.
A spokesperson for “The View” told TV Line on Tuesday that they had invited O’Donnell to participate in an on-air tribute in addition to his social media post.
On Tuesday’s episode, past and present co-hosts of “The View,” including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin, paid tribute to the legendary reporter.
“It was surreal,” Lisa Ling, who was a panelist on “The View” alongside Walters from 1999 to 2022, said of her time on the show. “I had watched Barbara all my life and here she is sitting next to me on my left and it was just an amazing feeling.”
Sherri Shepherd, who co-hosted “The View” from 2007 to 2014, added that she felt Walters defended her “fiercely” during the show.
In a separate segment, “View” veterans Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos also reminisced about their work with Walters.
Meredith Vieira, who co-hosted “The View” from 1997 to 2006 and was the show’s first host, called by 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 pointed out.
Sara Haines added to Vieira, “I know you didn’t want to miss honoring Barbara.”
The longtime journalist then credited Walters with being the reason the talk show got started, noting, “We had bad grades at first, but there was such respect for Barbara among the people of ‘ABC they continued and watch it now.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck could not be present in the studio either, but called by videoconference and explained how she considered Walters her “television mother” and her “mentor”.
Viewers took to social media as the show aired to report 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 tweeted.
Another wrote“I would like @Rosie to be included in @TheView’s remembrance of Barbara Walters. #TheView #RosieODonnell.
Some have speculated that the couple’s rocky relationship in the past may have played a role in O’Donnell’s decision.
However, the former ‘Smilf’ rep adds to Page Six, “They did NOT have a rocky relationship. It was fixed many years ago.
In 2019, it was reported that Walters once threatened to quit “The View” due to his grievances with the comedian.
However, O’Donnell acknowledged her role in the alleged feud in the tell-all book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View”, and admitted that she “had said some things she wouldn’t due” to Walters. .