No one messes with Barbara Walters.
In the latest twist in the saga of the ABC stalwart versus George Zimmerman - which started when she refused to bow to the 28-year-old's demands in exchange for an interview - Walters has snubbed him again.
After speaking on The View at the beginning of this morning's show about why she traveled all the way to Florida only to leave without sitting down with Zimmerman, she announced he was due to call in for an interview.
Then, around 11.30am, Walters announced she was being told through her ear piece that the neighborhood watchman and his lawyer were indeed on the line - but she refused to speak to him.
She said: 'Well this is an interesting day. But Mr Zimmerman, if you could not do the interview yesterday, I don’t think we should do a quick one today. In the future if you feel differently, we will consider it.
'We will now continue with our program and the people who want to be interviewed.'
Zimmerman told the ABC team yesterday he would only agree to talk to her after the exclusive with Sean Hannity and only if she put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month.
Speaking about the almost-interview on The View, she explained that Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara agreed to let her do the interview but only after he sat down with Hannity, who 'had been very supportive in the past and George Zimmerman told me that he was very grateful, and I appreciated his loyalty to Hannity', she said.
When she arrived in Florida yesterday morning for the supposed interview, she told viewers when Zimmerman came to the door in a T-shirt, it should have been her 'first clue' that he wasn't going to do it.
Though she would not disclose what the 'one condition' was that the 28-year-old demanded, she alluded to the fact it was payment of some sort by saying 'as a member of ABC News it was not something she was able to grant'.
ABC News do not pay for interviews.
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