Barbara Walters is firmly taking a side in the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow war. On The View Monday, Feb. 3, the 84-year-old veteran journalist got into a fight with cohost Sherri Shepherd for defending her friend, director Allen, against his daughter Farrow’s Feb. 1 open letter claiming he sexually abused her at age 7.
“I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody is and Soon-Yi to these two girls,” longtime New Yorker Walters said of Allen’s relationship with his wife of 17 years and their adopted daughters Bechet, 14, and Manzie, 13. “I don’t know about Dylan. I can only tell you what I have seen now. That it’s a good marriage, and he’s a loving, caring father. I think that has to be said.”
“She has nothing to gain by coming out and saying this, so it just makes me stop and question,” View cohost Jenny McCarthy countered of Dylan’s letter, published in the New York Times over 20 years after the abuse claims first surfaced.
“Supposedly she is very angry, but she is doing it now because he is up for an award,” Walters explained of the director’s latest Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine. “So the question is: does you personal life interfere with the awards you may get?”
How can you just dismiss a person’s claims? They should always be taken seriously. Babs doesn’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Yes, Dylan and Ronan have NOTHING to gain./
She’s back! And she’s bringing her characteristic candor with her – at least for a day.
The controversial comedian has made headlines over the years, adopting children, ending relationships and enduring what she has described as a post-traumatic stress disorder.
Barbara Walters, the show’s creator, had expressed upset over O’Donnell’s criticism of the show upon her departure, but said Monday that she appreciated her lively debate and humor. O’Donnell, 51, who hadangrily sparred with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, later said she had felt like a “foster kid” on the show.
“I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact throughout the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history,” Walters said.
O’Donnell apparently has the same mutual admiration.
“She wanted to go back and visit The View to celebrate Barbara’s last season and talk about her ABC show The Fosters and her one woman show,”