Barbara Walters finally opened up about Lindsay Lohan on "The View" this
morning, for the first time since the "Liz & Dick" star bailed on their
"I have a few things to say about Lindsay Lohan," Walters began. "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." In fact, Walters revealed they'd even filmed
part one of the interview, on the set of "Liz & Dick," earlier this year. A
clip from that chat was then shown, where Walters asked about the June 15
incident where paramedics were called to Lohan's hotel room.
"It was a lot of hours," Lohan said in the clip about her mental state this
June. "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 and Lohan were due to sit down for the second part of their interview
last week, which is when the newswoman was informed by Lohan's new reps that the
interview was canceled. "Lindsay doesn't feel up to it," was the reason Barbara
says Lohan's new reps gave her for calling off the interview. "The punch line
is," Walters continued, "Lindsay Lohan is sitting for an interview with Jay
Leno." And that was an unforgivable offense in the panel's eyes.
Whoopi Goldberg posited that Lindsay Lohan's new team decided she was not
ready (or, perhaps, capable) of handling the kinds of in-depth questions Walters
is celebrated for asking. "I couldn't agree with you more," Walters replied. "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."
Walters also believes the person who will be hurt the most by this is Lohan
herself. "I think to go on Jay Leno and be adorable and amusing, there's still
all the problems," Walters said. "It would have been a wonderful interview. She
could have set a lot of things straight. I think [my interview] could have
"Liz & Dick" is set to air on Lifetime Nov. 25, and Lohan is expected to
sit down with Jay Leno on the Nov. 20 edition of "The Tonight Show."
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