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More NBC surprises: they wanted Barbara Walters back

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 11th 2010 3:30PM
Barbara WaltersThe interesting moves by NBC aren't just in late night and prime time. Veteran newswoman Barbara Walters has revealed that NBC News tried to get her back.

On this morning's episode of ABC's The View, the women were talking about Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien and Walters said that last June, Jeff Zucker and other execs at NBC made an offer to Walters to come back to NBC, where she started as a host and reporter on The Today Show many years ago. Walters says she was flattered by the offer and "the fact that they would make an offer to someone of my age and consider that I still had years ahead," but decided to stay at ABC because she's happy there. Zucker then offered Walters her own show every single night at 10PM, but she still turned them down.

OK, I made up that last part.

Walters says that even if she had gone to NBC, she would have still kept her spot on The View because it's a daytime show. Though something tells me that NBC would have had something to say about that.

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Rich

I said at the time that if Barbara was 10 years younger she would have ALREADY pursued and gotten that slot.
I thought a night-time version of "The View" is exactly what COULD succeed in that timeslot. It would have to be paced a bit differently, and ideally include one intelligent interview per show (more like Jon Stewart), and obviously not include the regular view hosts. One (and only one) segment similar to "hot topics" / Chelsea lately.
But I felt like a younger Barbara could have nailed it.

January 11 2010 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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