Barbara Walters has spoken out about her axed interview with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, feeling dissed after the star agreed instead to appear on Jay Leno’s show.
Walters said she had already finished recording the first part of their interview when she received a call saying Lindsay “wasn’t up to” finishing the interview.
Barbara spoke about the situation on “The View” this morning, stating, “I have a few things to say about Lindsay Lohan. I like Lindsay Lohan very much. I’ve known her for years. She said whenever she did an interview, she’d do it with me.’
The first part of the interview was done on the set of “Liz & Dick” and Walters had flown down to Los Angeles for the second section when she was informed the interview had been canceled.
Barbara Walters showed a clip where she had asked Lindsay about the June incident where paramedics were called to her hotel room.
Lindsay said, “It was a lot of hours. I think I was just honestly tired. I needed a nap and the next thing I knew, there were seven paramedics in the room. It was also my first time back [on a set]. I want to keep working, I want to keep going. I’m a survivor.”
Walters seems to be angry after learning that the actress is sitting down for an interview with Jay Leno.
Whoopi Goldberg suggested that Lohan’s new management must have decided she wasn’t up to an in-depth interview with Walters.
Barbara chimed in saying, “I couldn’t agree with you more. If they’d said to me, “You know Barbara, she’s not ready for the kind of questions you might ask.” If they had told me that, I would not feel quite as disappointed as I do today. I wish I could have had a more honest explanation.”
She adds, “I think to go on Jay Leno and be adorable and amusing, there’s still all the problems. It would have been a wonderful interview. She could have set a lot of things straight. I think [my interview] could have helped her.”
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