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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Will CBS cut Barbara Walters's KenCen comment about Oprah being the better interviewer?

By Lisa de Moraes

Think twice before asking Barbara Walters to pay tribute to you at the Kennedy Center honors. Because Babs has no problem going on national TV and coyly suggesting people shouldn't necessarily believe some of the nice things she'd said.


Barbara Walters at the Kennedy Center Honors. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

Babs was among the people who took to the stage at this year's Kennedy Center Honors to say nice things about Oprah Winfrey. On stage, Babs said of Oprah:

Simply put, she is the best interviewer ever. No one comes close -- not even me. And those of you know me know how painful it was for me to say that.

It was one of those Touching Moments for which the Kennedy Center honors broadcast is famous. It got a lot of pick-up in the press.

But two days later, on her ABC talk show, "The View," Babs discussed her appearance at the Kennedy Center ceremony, noting how she'd said Oprah was "'the best interviewer ever. No one even comes close."

"And those of you who know me know how difficult it was to say that," Babs told her co-hosts.

"Do you really believe that?" one of them, Joy Behar, asked her.

"So, moving right along!" Babs responded coyly.

The next day, Babs went on David Letterman's CBS late night show and they discussed what she'd said about Oprah at KenCen:

"You said: Without question, without peer, Oprah is the best interviewer on television," Dave noted.

"You said even you were second to Oprah," he continued. "Well, that's clearly not true. I've seen the 'Oprah' show and she is many things, but she's certainly not a better interviewer than you are."

And again Babs went all coy.

"It felt right at the time," she said sweetly but not really.

"They must have had an open bar?" Letterman speculated.

"She's in Australia now," Babs responded and then mimed throwing back a couple.

CBS, which will broadcast "The Kennedy Center Honors" later this month, always needs to trim several minutes out of the ceremony for it to fit in its two-hour format. We vote that they just cut Bab's comment about Oprah being the better interviewer -- it would save Babs so much time, schlepping from talk show to talk show to make sure no one takes her compliment too seriously.

Here is Babs's chatting about Oprah and KenCen Honors with David Letterman on Wednesday night.

And here is Babs on "The View" discussing Oprah and KenCen Honors on Tuesday. Scroll to 2:45 for the comment:

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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Comments

Really? It's not that deep!! If she meant it when she said it, then so what?? If she didn't mean it, SO WHAT?

Posted by: Angryman | December 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Here I thought they wanted to clip her out and minimize BaWa as much as possible since she works for another network....

Posted by: djp98374 | December 9, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I have to go with Angryman on this one -- you filled up about 375 words out of this little non-event, Ms. de Moraes. But really, who cares? And so what, what difference does it make? This articles makes you come off as shallow as Babs and Oprah, if not as rich.

Posted by: lanehatcher | December 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

With all the people who will be homeless in the cold tonight, how the heck is this worth anyone's time?????
Two giant self-absorbed divas who many could give one whit about.

Posted by: jiboo | December 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I have to go with Angryman on this one -- you filled up about 375 words out of this little non-event, Ms. de Moraes. But really, who cares? And so what, what difference does it make? This articles makes you come off as shallow as Babs and Oprah, if not as rich.

Posted by: lanehatcher | December 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Gee, the Post is trying to stir up a controversy? Say it isn't so.

Posted by: 809212876 | December 9, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

So silly... not even worth a mention.. don't you have something else to do? I swear, the stuff some reporters write about is just ridiculous!

Posted by: shejoy | December 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I just love it when people eat this stuff up -- as if they were being forced to read it -- and then take even MORE time to write sanctimonious comments about how the whole thing is beneath them and how could the Post waste its time with such triviality, etc. etc. etc.

What hypocrisy. If you don't want to read gossipy dish, read something else and shut up.

Posted by: Meridian1 | December 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Like OOOOOOOOOOObama,
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOphra is moving very close to
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOver.

Posted by: dottydo | December 9, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

How important is this 'issue' to the average person's daily life? Not at all.

Why did we 'need' to be able to read this in the newspaper?

Who cares what Barbara Walters did or didn't say about Oprah?

Posted by: momof20yo | December 9, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Barbara is full of drivel. Her soft spoken platitudinous manner and patronising statements that are an inherent part of her questioning style make he a second rate performer. The US might regard her as worthwhile but then this country likes sugar and fat as an essential part of its diet.

Her silly questions about homosexuality are childish. If this is idea of a worthwhile interview then she should join Entertainment Tonight because she has never had much to offer those in the TV audience who want more than gossip.

I say dump her and when you look for a replacement do not replace her with a moron.

Posted by: robertjames1 | December 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, this is very important. Poor American audience -- we don't have enough real things to worry about.

Posted by: MadamDeb | December 9, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Very disappointing to see this high schoolish, tabloid type story in the Post. The paper is, or should be better than that.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | December 10, 2010 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Neither woman is worth watching. If you want a good interview, watch Charlie Rose.

Posted by: fortenbaugh | December 10, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

When meglomaniacs collide ...

Is Babba Wawa dating a member of the Adams Family?

Posted by: allknowing10 | December 10, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Meridian1 you are absolutely correct. People, this is a TV Blog. If you want to read important world events, go to the world news section. This is a general interest newspaper website that coverages a broad range of topics. You know what, pop culture is part of the human experience. You don't have to read about it if you don't want to. Why not go to a charity website and donate some money to help out humanity if you feel so bad about the triviality of this posting?

Posted by: MyPostEgo | December 10, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

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