Rosie O'Donnell isn't the only one who's had enough of the negative energy surrounding The View. RadarOnline.com has learned that producers want Barbara Walters to return for a last-ditch effort to save ratings — but she's refusing!
"They've talked about bringing Barbara back for a three-week special in the summer to boost ratings," a show insider told Radar. "But she doesn't want to touch the show. She thinks it's toxic and doesn't need the stress."
The 85-year-old veteran newswoman left the gabfest she created when she retired last year. But the nature of her exit – and the surprise firing of her longtime executive producer Bill Geddie soon after — left a bad taste in her mouth, said the source.
"She was basically told she needed to leave and the show needed a new look. So out of respect they gave her a long goodbye, but then they disrespected her when they also fired Bill out of the blue," added the source. "Now they are asking her advice, so it's a slap in the face."
The female-centric daytime show has been trying to battle back from slumping ratings since the departures of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy last season. Drama surrounding the new crop of panelists — Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace and returning View veterans Whoopi Goldberg and O'Donnell — has overshadowed the show.
After last year's highly-publicized host search, ABC has now been forced to freshen up the show once again – and may have to do it without Walters' help.
"She doesn't want to be a crutch while they figure out plan B," said the source. "She feels like she left on her own terms. She's resisting, but probably will do it."