Celebrity News May 13, 2008
Queen of Interviews Meets King
Barbara Walters appeared on the set of "Larry King Live" last night -- opening another round in her war with Star Jones! While Walters remains mum about a Star summit -- she didn't shy away from taking another swipe at her former co-host while on the hot seat with the King of interviews. "She lost a job, she's getting a divorce," said Barbara, "I think she's suffering now and that's why she's lashing out."
"Extra" cameras caught up with Barbara outside of the King's studio, where she expressed more sympathy than anger for her former co-host.
The broadcast icon claims that Star's first salvo was launched after Walters went public with claims that "The View" covered up Star's gastric bypass surgery. "We made a mistake -- we should have told the truth about Star from day one," said Barbara, "she said, 'I don't want to be a poster child for gastric bypass.'" It was hiding this truth, Walters believes, that almost cost Star her career. "It took her a long time to get a job," says Walters.
Luckily, there is no bad blood between Walters and another former co-host, Rosie O'Donnell, who the 78-year-old media queen says is supporting her new book. "Rosie sent me flowers," said Walters, who wasn't there to receive them, adding, "Thank you darling, but they're dead by now."
Barbara's new autobiography, "Audition," is breaking book records -- selling an unprecedented quarter of a million copies in less than a week. When "Extra" asked Walters about her memoir success, she cooed, "I'm thrilled."