ABC is committed to keeping the Barbara Walters talk show "The View" on the network at 11 a.m., eschewing the opportunity to slide into the syndication spot being left open by the end of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," reports the New York Post.
Bill Carroll of Katz Media Group told the Post, "It’s definitely not going to happen — both [ABC’s] syndication group and at the ABC affiliates meeting, they categorically said they’re not going to syndicate ‘The View.’ "
The decision will mean Walters, who co-created "The View," millions of dollars.
According to the story, "Walters told The Post in March that she had ‘mixed feelings’ about the prospect of syndicating ‘The View’ — but that she herself had broached the idea to ABC when Winfrey announced she was ending ‘Oprah.’ ‘We are comfortable and happy at 11 a.m., but 4 [p.m.] is better . . . and more lucrative, Walters said [in March]. ‘And [ABC] thought it was in interesting idea,’ to syndicate the show, she added."
The Post said ABC had no comment to this latest story and that Walters did not respond to emails.