Sean Hannity wasn't the only person in Florida this week talking to George Zimmerman. ABC stalwart Barbara Walters also flew down with every intention of interviewing Zimmerman after his exclusive with Fox. However, she pulled out at the last minute after Zimmerman allegedly asked he and his wife be put up in a hotel for month in exchange for the sit-down.
The New York Post has the info:
Barbara Walters walked away from an interview with Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman after the former neighborhood watchman demanded at the last minute that, in return for the chat, ABC put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month, a source told Page Six. Walters flew down to Florida early yesterday and met with Zimmerman and his lawyer to discuss the possibility of a lengthy TV sitdown. Her interview would have taken place after he was done talking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, a situation that already made the newswoman leery, we’re told, as she prefers to land exclusives. But we’re told that Walters was “appalled” by Zimmerman’s hotel demand, and told him the deal was off.
An ABC News representative confirmed the story, but declined to say what exactly he asked for.
“She went down there with every intention of doing an interview, but Mr. Zimmerman made a demand at the last minute that we could not and would never agree to,” the spokesperson told the Post.
Mediaite captured some truly incredible footage from Thursday's episode of "The View." After Walters explained a little bit of why she decided not to do the interview, the show was interrupted by a phone call from Zimmerman's lawyer saying Zimmerman was now willing to do the interview. Walters, however, refused. Watch it unfold below:
(H/T: Daily Mail)