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Ex-'View' Co-Host Barbara Walters Reportedly Suffering From Senile Dementia -- Talk Show Guest Spot Is Scrapped

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Sep. 30 2014, Published 7:52 p.m. ET

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Friends fear that TV news icon Barbara Walters may be suffering from senile dementia in her retirement, the new issue of The National ENQUIRER reports.

According to a source, pals and colleagues have noticed that Walters, 85, is starting to have memory lapses.

And her state is so serious that a planned guest spot for Walters on The View, the talk show she once reigned over, was scrapped, The ENQUIRER notes.

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“Barbara was supposed to go on ‘The View’ now that the new season has begun,” a source told The ENQUIRER. “But network brass deep-sixed the idea—scared of what she’d say on live TV.”

As RadarOnline.com has reported, sources recently told the NY Post that Walters wanted to make a special cameo on the September premiere episode of the revamped talk show now featuring Rosie O’Donnell, but ABC execs passed on the idea.

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Towards the end of her long run on The View, Walters faced criticism for appearing addled and odd on air, defending Woody Allen’s parenting and proclaiming she owned a vibrator.

For more on the Walters dementia claims story, pick up the latest issue of The ENQUIRER, on stands now.

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