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Rosie O'Donnell Shares REAL Reason She No-Showed At Barbara Walters' Tribute

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By Favour Adegoke on January 9, 2023 at 3:30 PM EST

Rosie O'Donnell has set the record straight about her decision to opt out of "The View's" tribute to Barbara Walters.

She revealed her absence was a preventive measure as she might have gotten "upset" if she had attended. The comedian posted the video in response to a fan's question about her absence from the tribute.

Other "The View" co-hosts, both past, and present, attended the special event, which was hosted to honor Walters.

The pioneering journalist of the award-winning show passed on recently at the age of 93. Following her death, fans and colleagues' tributes poured in to highlight her impact on their lives and the industry when she was alive.

Keep on reading to learn more.

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'I Was Worried That I Would Get Upset'

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In a video she shared on Instagram, O'Donnell revealed why she did not make an appearance at "The View's" tribute to Barbara Walters.

The comedian and longtime talk show host decided to address the issue of her absence after a follower on TikTok noted that she was watching out for her on the special homage to Walter, who recently passed away at age 93.

The 60-year-old, who sported a black and white sweater and matching black and metal-rimmed glasses, started the video by confirming that she was extended an invitation but "wasn't able to make it."

"You know, I didn't want to be in a big group of people — I was worried that I would get upset and, um, didn't want to do that, so, there you go," O'Donnell added, explaining further as to why she opted out from the gathering.

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O'Donnell's subdued tone throughout the clip revealed that her decision not to attend was well-thought-out.

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Fans React To Rosie O'Donnell's Post

In response to the post, fans shared that they were happy that O'Donnell did receive an invite, acknowledging her impact on "The View" during her time.

They also commented that it was okay for her not to have attended Walter's tribute for the reasons she had stated.

One follower wrote, "Everyone mourns in their own way. I don't blame you for not going. The dead feel us, they know how we feel in our hearts. Xo."

Another fan penned, "I totally get it, Ro .... there's no obligation to do that stuff."

One more fan wrote, "People grieve, memorialize, etc. in their own way. Continue to do and take [care] of you!"

Another follower said, "You did what you thought was best for both you and your memories of Barbara. Not everything should be public because you are a celebrity."

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Rosie O'Donnell's Tribute To Walters

Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters

Although O'Donnell did not show up at "The View's" tribute, she did upload a special video to her late former colleague shortly after it was announced she had passed away.

"Very sad to hear about Barbara Walters passing. Although 93, man, who wouldn't take that? What a long and eventful, and legendary life she had. Spoke to every prominent world leader in memory, interviewed everyone who was anyone, and I was lucky enough to be in her orbit for a good many years," the comedian mourned Walters in a video she uploaded on Instagram.

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O'Donnell also noted the good times they had together attending Broadway shows and lauded her impact in pioneering new heights for women,

She added, "May [Walters] rest in peace and may everyone remember what barriers she broke down for women. She really did, she was the first and will always be remembered."

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Former And Current 'The View' Co-Hosts Paid Tribute To The Legendary Journalist

Barbara Walters and "The View" cohosts

Past and present, "The View" co-hosts also shared remarkable tributes to Walter, lauding her impact on their lives.

"If not for her, I don't know where most of us would be," Whoopi Goldberg said during "The View's" tribute.

"She very much defied sexism and defied ageism. She went right into the jaws of the lion, "Joy Behar commented in the same video.

"Barbara Walters will always be known as a trailblazer. Her hard-hitting questions & welcoming demeanor made her a household name and leader in American journalism," Meghan McCain noted on Twitter.

Star Jones also tweeted, "I owe Barbara Walters more than I could ever repay. Rest well sister…mother…friend…colleague…mentor."

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