Spotlight on Barbara Walters
While vacationing in the Caribbean, Barbara received a call from co-executive producer Bill Geddie who told her that Rosie called Donald a snake oil salesman on the air. "[Rosie] also said he had gone bankrupt. I knew he had not. I've done too many interviews with Donald, who was my friend. I knew he had never gone bankrupt," she says.
Barbara says that after Rosie made those remarks, Donald threatened to sue The View and ABC. Hoping to smooth things over, Barbara called Donald to assure him that she would clear up the bankruptcy issue on air. "Donald then did every television and radio program he could, saying that on the phone call I said Rosie had been a big mistake and I was sorry I hired her," Barbara says. "That hadn't happened."