Barbara Walters returns from retirement for Peter Rodger interview

Barbara Walters on an ABC News set in New York in March.
(Lou Rocco / Associated Press)

Barbara Walters retired from “The View” and ABC News on May 16. Her retirement lasted about three weeks.

On Monday, ABC News announced that Walters would soon be back in the interviewer’s chair, talking to Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger, the Santa Barbara City College student who killed seven people, including himself, in a mass-murder rampage in late May.




A previous version of this post identified Elliot Rodger as a UC Santa Barbara student. He had actually attended classes at Santa Barbara City College.


Walters’ interview with Rodger is to air as a special edition of the newsmagazine show “20/20,” but ABC has not announced an air date. The interview is expected to take place in California in the coming weeks.

According to the news blog TV Newser, Walters, who was traveling in Germany with gossip-columnist friend Cindy Adams last week, was specifically requested by Rodger.


Rodger is a successful filmmaker who made the documentary “Oh My God” and was a second-unit director on “The Hunger Games.”

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