- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CBS host Julie Chen said Tuesday night that she believed “every word” in a recent gossip report that claimed Barbara Walters thinks ABC executives are ruining “The View.”

Mrs. Chen, wife of CBS President Leslie Moonves and co-host of rival show “The Talk,” was asked about Page Six’s Dec. 10 report, which cited an unnamed source saying Ms. Walters feared “The View’s” legacy was being compromised due to “poor casting and bad leadership.”

A representative for Ms. Walters responded by saying the former host “calls the control room multiple times a week to offer her suggestions” and still has “a wonderful relationship with the show.”

“I believed every word I read in Page Six,” Mrs. Chen, the longtime host of CBS’ “Big Brother,” told Andy Cohen on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.”

“There were contradicting sides, and I believed all of it was true. You know? Because there’s a little bit of truth to everything,” she continued. “Someone said, ‘Oh, she calls the control room and we take her notes seriously.’ I was like, ‘She calls the control room. I don’t know if you take her notes that seriously. You probably make her feel like you’re taking it that seriously, but she doesn’t feel that way.’

“I do think Barbara Walters is probably like, ‘This amazing show I created is now just kind of withering away with a revolving door of hosts that people can’t keep straight,’” she said. “I mean, I should know all the names of the hosts, and I don’t, because it changes so often.”

In response to Mrs. Chen’s interview, an ABC spokesperson told E! News, “The View is going strong and we are very proud to continue Barbara Walters’ legacy that started almost 20 years ago.”

Joy Behar, Jedediah Bila, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin are the current co-hosts of “The View,” E! reported.

Candace Cameron Bure announced last week that she was leaving the show, just months after Raven-Symoné made her exit.

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