Barbara Walters is a notorious bloodhound in the interviewer’s armchair. When she started on The Today Show, she did ‘tea-pouring’ interviews, light assignments seeking to appeal to the feminine sensibility. Later, she was upgraded to reporter-at-large, able to produce her own reports and interviews. Immediately her output became more cerebral. She fought to be able to pose questions to Today Show interviewees after the host Frank McGee had asked the first three. By being what she calls “a pushy cookie,” Walters broke though the oaken doors of the News Journalism boys club.
Today’s television interviews are the way they are in part because of Barbara Walters. Unblinkingly and in her characteristic lisp, Walters asked questions whose answer the entire nation wanted to hear. Bob Schieffer, a CBS institution since 1969, called Baba Wawa the ‘toughest competitor’ he had ever encountered. Oprah, who withheld tears while delivering her “the greatest joy I have ever known” monologue in announcing the end of her talk show, was brought to tears by the savvy Barbara Walters.
In her legacy, many interviewers have tried to make their own Barbara Walters moment. However, lacking the Queen’s tact, finesse, and interpersonal skills, they’ve often been either too light or too blunt. The following twelve anecdotes are of interviewers who did not sufficiently grease the pan before laying down their omelet and ended up with scrambled eggs.
9 Robert De Niro Leaves Radio Times Interview for “Negative Inference”
8 Paris Hilton, Wounded, Leaves ABC Interview
7 Robert Downey Jr. Bails on BBC Interview
6 Justin Bieber Hangs Up on Radio Show
5 Joan Rivers Walks Out on CNN
4 Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Walk Out On Their Own Show
3 French President Nicolas Sarkozy Walks Out Of 60 Minutes
2 Selena Gomez Goes Radio Silent on Satellite Interview
1 Russell Crowe Loses His Temper on BBC Radio 4
In 2010, British supermodel Naomi Campbell was asked about a blood diamond she allegedly received from former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. Actress Mia Farrow let on to the media that in 1997, when she and Campbell had been guests of Nelson Mandela’s in South Africa, she had overheard that the model had received the diamond as a gift from the Liberian war criminal. Naomi Campbell would only confirm that she had had dinner with Nelson Mandela. She wouldn’t confirm that she ate with Charles Taylor. She said: “I’m not here to speak about that.” Naomi Campbell, ever graceful but always temperamental, got out of her seat and left, slapping down a camera on the way.
Sources: People, PerezHilton, HuffingtonPost
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