Barbara Walters may no longer be in the 18-49 demographic advertisers crave, but she's still got game. Today on the The View–during a discussion of the Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien late night shuffle– Walters revealed NBC approached her about returning to NBC News.
"I have not talked about this before... Last June NBC came to me and to my amazement made me an offer to come back to NBC News. At my age it was a very flattering offer.. . I chose not to go because I have been very happy at ABC... It was a very difficult decision. I would have been able to continue to do "The View." I just want to say that in spite of the fact it is young, they did make me this offer, and now I can publicly thank them.
Actor/director/screenwriter/producer/author Tyler Perry was among Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 special Wednesday night. When asked what he was most proud of, one of the most powerful black men in Hollywood mentioned CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless.
The fact that I am able to take care of my mother. That is the thing that makes me the most proud. She used to talk about Ms. Chancellor growing up on The Young and the Restless. She's like, "If I could live like Ms. Chancellor, if I can have a house and a maid," and she has all those things. That is my proudest accomplishment because to see all that she's gone through and endured, and to still be.... That is what I'm most proud of.
Perry's mother, Maxine Perry died on Dec. 9.
Oprah may be trying to score a hole-in-one by landing the first Tiger Woods interview, but Star Jones believes Barbara Walters would be a "very good choice." The Huffington Post reports The Insider contributor, had this to say about her former boss on The View,
"My former boss might be a good choice," Jones said on "The Insider." "She wrote an entire book where she detailed her own affair and got paid a lot of money. She would be a very good choice. That would be like the pot calling the kettle black. I'm not sure she would be sympathetic, but she can't be as judgmental."
It seems like ABC's making a bit of a peace offering to Adam Lambert. The controversial rocker is slated to make his first guest appearance on The View. This comes on the heels of the singer's much talked about performance on the America Music Awards and after Lambert was dropped from ABC's Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve show.
Lambert's appearance on the gab fest is slated on Dec. 10 right after his interview on Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 on Dec. 9 at 10pm EST.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian heads to The View on Friday for her co-hosting debut. This comes on the heels of the reality tv star's marriage to L.A. Laker star Lamar Odom on Sept. 27. Known as the "tough Kardashian," Khloe will have to put up or shut up with the no-nonsense chicas on the ABC chat-fest.