Barbara Walters Monday expressed disappointment at Lindsay Lohan for abruptly canceling an interview with her and opting instead to appear next week on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Walters' interview was scheduled to air Friday on ABC's "20/20."
Walters said she got word of the cancellation last Friday, when she was told by Lohan's new publicity firm Rogers & Cowan that "Lindsay doesn't feel up to it." But Walters said she was not buying that explanation.
"If they'd said to me, 'You know, Barbara, she isn't up to the kinds of questions that you might ask' . . . I wouldn't feel quite as disappointed as I do today.
"I mean, she has a lot of problems," Walters told her co-hosts on "The View." "And I said [to the publicist], 'Poor girl, I hope when she feels like it, she will do it with us.' "
Lohan also had been scheduled to appear on "The View" next week, Walters said, but that, too, was scratched.
Walters did a preliminary interview in June on the set of Lohan's upcoming Lifetime TV-movie, "Liz & Dick." In a clip shown on "The View," Walters tells Lohan, "You had a few problems while this was being filmed," to which Lohan gave a rambling reply.
"It's my first time back and I want to keep working . . . I'm a survivor," Lohan said.
Walters said she "spent a lot of time, doing a lot of homework, writing a lot of questions, watching the actual movie, and then her longtime press agent resigned. That should have been a clue."
Lohan's new publicist did not respond to a Newsday request for comment.