The View: Barbara Walters Returns
Barbara Walters, the legendary journalist and co-founder and executive producer of The View, came by The View today for the first time as a guest. It was good to see her alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy again, especially given the recent reports that Sherri Shepherd and probably (definitely?) Jenny McCarthy will not be coming back next season.
This segment was filmed on June 25, 2014, the day before it was announced Sherri Shepherd was leaving The View and Jenny McCarthy was rumored to be leaving as well. Barbara Walters began by reminding everyone that she was a co-executive producer along with Bill Geddie (who is also possibly leaving), and so she watches the show every day. She thanked the ladies for their work on the show.
The View: Barbara Walters Peter Rodger Interview
Barbara Walters was on the program to promote her interview with Peter Rodger, the father of mass murderer and Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger. Peter Rodger specifically asked for Barbara Walters for the interview. This is the first time a parent of a mass shooter has ever talked to the press.
Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured thirteen in a shooting and stabbing rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then took his own life.
The View: Why Did Elliot Rodger Do It?
Barbara Walters showed the clip of a YouTube video that Elliot Rodger made himself, titled “Elliot Rodger Retribution,” where he said, among other things, “You deserve to be annihilated. And I will give that to you. You never showed me any mercy. And so I will show you none.” Then he laughed.
Barbara Walters said that Elliot Rodger was angry because he didn’t have a girlfriend. He was 22-years-old and saw other guys with girlfriends and he wanted to get even. “We’re talking about a sick mind,” Barbara Walters said.
After seeing the video, Elliot’s mother called the police. When the police talked to Elliot, he was very polite. But if they had only opened the door to his bedroom, they would’ve seen his guns.
The View: Barbara Walters Peter Rodger Warning Signs
Peter Rodger said in the interview that the most shocking revelation to him was that Elliot was able to hide his violent feelings from everybody. “It will haunt me, haunt me for the rest of my life that I saw one human being who would be kind and sweet and smile and take my 9-year-old son out and buy him present and this, two totally different human beings. One so hidden, so dark, so malevolent, so unbelievably heinous that I don’t even recognize my son Elliot in those writings. It pains me beyond belief. It’s haunting. It is the most distressing thing anybody could ever read.”
Peter Rodger said that his son was obsessed with finding a girlfriend, but he didn’t equate that with hate or misogyny. He just thought he was “a young man who needed to find his way.” Peter said none of them thought that Elliot could ever be violent, let alone what he did.
The View: Barbara Walters Mental Illness
Barbara Walters said that one of the reasons Peter Rodger is speaking out is that he wants to raise awareness about mental illness. You can see Barbara’s interview on 20/20 on ABC, airing Friday, June 27.