She never mentioned Rosie O’Donnell by name, but it was clear who Barbara Walters was referring to when she opened “The View” with a complaint about former colleagues who criticize the show after they leave.
Walters says some people who have done the show have felt the need “to dump on it, maybe for their own publicity.” She says “that not only hurts me, but I resent it.”
Her comments came one day after O’Donnell told reporters while promoting her upcoming variety special that Walters wanted everyone on “The View” to make believe they were getting along when that wasn’t the case. Since leaving the show, O’Donnell says she’s experienced something almost like “post-traumatic stress disorder.”
O’Donnell also took credit for making the show more political, saying before she arrived, “they wanted to talk about lipstick shades.”