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Barbara Walters: "I Can Never Be Mad At Rosie," Elisabeth Hasselbeck "So Essential To The Show"

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"The View" has packed up for LA, and in anticipation of the trek Barbara Walters spoke to the Los Angeles Times' Scott Collins. In their interview, Barbara spoke about two of the more controversial "View" co-hosts — Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell.

When asked why she sometimes shouts over Hasselbeck, Walters said:

I think Elisabeth is so essential to the show. But you know, Elisabeth talks very quickly and she's very well informed. And sometimes you have to say, "Let me talk." That is somewhat the result of having five women with strong opinions. What we don't do as much as we used to -- it used to drive me bats -- is talk over each other.

Regarding O'Donnell, with whom she has had a tumultuous relationship, Walters said, "I can never be mad at Rosie. I just saw her; she was doing a reading of a one-man play that Nora Ephron had written, and I went backstage and gave her a hug."

Variety reports that "The View" is seeing its best ratings ever this season. It is averaging 4.2 million viewers, way up from last season's 3.5 million viewer average.

Read the full LAT interview here.