ABC Tells “The View” To Stop Breathing Down “Oprah’s” Neck

June 4, 2010  |  

“The View” may have been eyeing “The Oprah Winfrey Show” timeslot like the last Prada purse at a sample sale, but the network isn’t having it.

With Madame O stepping down, who wouldn’t want to ease on into that 4 p.m. spot?

The Huffington Post reports:

Despite speculation that Barbara Walters’ ABC-owned morning chat show would go into syndication and move into Oprah’s coveted 4PM time slot, the network has informed the show that it’s not going to happen, according to the New York Post.

Had the show moved into syndication, Walters would’ve stood to make tens of millions by selling the show to local affiliate stations.

“It’s definitely not going to happen — both [ABC’s] syndication group and at the ABC affiliates meeting, they categorically said they’re not going to syndicate ‘The View,’ ” industry analyst Bill Carroll of Katz Media Group told the Post. “That’s as definitive as you can get.”

Now the question is: who is big enough to carry that slot?

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