Barbara Walters Interview With Elliot Rodger’s Father to Air June 27

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters contradicted her own announcement of retirement earlier this month, when it was revealed that she would be interviewing Peter Rodger, the father of 22-year-old Santa Barbara shooting suspect Elliot Rodger. Now, that interview has an air date.

The interview will air as a special edition of “20/20” on Friday, June 27, 10 p.m. ET/PT, an ABC News spokesperson confirmed to Variety.

SEE ALSO: Barbara Walters Left Daytime TV, But Not ABC News

Peter Rodger, who was a second unit director on “The Hunger Games,” has not given interviews since the shooting one month ago, and reportedly requested that his first interview be with the former “View” host.

On May 23, Elliot Rodger killed six people, injured 13 and then took his own life near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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  1. Renee says:

    I find it sad that Mr. Rodgers does not accept any culpability for his son turning out the way he did. Don’t you think that moving the family from England to California and divorcing the mother had any impact on Elliot? It certainly doesn’t sound like Mr. Rodgers was home much. Instead, Mr. Rodgers paints his son as a villain and never once admits he should or could have done more with and for Elliot. He needs to accept some of the blame for being the father, or for that matter, not being the father he should have been. Maybe a little more time with Elliot and not trying to be famous could have spared many.

  2. sher says:

    Please give me a reply

  3. sher says:

    At the end of the interview Barbara said for information about helping someone with mental health issues to go to abc.com. Where is it on your website? Thanks

  4. stephanie says:

    I can’t understand why there was not more about the kids that were killed and there life and what is being done to prevent this from happening again. The father might have seen some but with alot of young men they go thru alot to try and find themselves. The killer was 22 year old and in college, the father doesn’t know what his son is doing or thinking at all times. Wrong way to go with the interview of the killing that hurt so many people.

  5. stephanie says:

    I can’t

  6. louise says:

    peter Rodgers should have, years ago, had his son institutionalized. he said that he was in treatment since a small child. so there had to have been feedback from the professionals. I think dad felt guilty and was trying to handle it himself. BIG MISTAKE

  7. Sharon May says:

    Perhaps Mr. Rogers will shed some light on cues he possibly missed in his son, to help other parents/friends/relatives spot such clues. We can never prevent these type of tragedies happening but maybewe can become more aware of spotting danger signals.

  8. M. F. Sibley says:

    The parents of the roommates (and their friend) of Mr. Rodger’s son who were murdered by him, have asked 20/20 and Barbara Walters not to interview Mr. Rodgers, but rather to profile the lives of the young people who were killed. Apparently, ABC, 20/20 and Ms. Walters have decided that the ratings “winner” is the killer and not the lives of the people he so viciously took. Why Ms. Walters felt the need to come out of retirement for this interview begs an explanation. What more can be learned from a parent who has no more answers than any one of us and perhaps no new information, but rather a rehash of the same old same old.

    I know I won’t be watching. I respect the simple request of those parents.

  9. Stacy Simmer says:

    I find this so disparaging that Peter Rodger would give an interview, which will sensationalize what has taken place. I sincerely request that Mr. Rodger reconsider his interview, as this in my opinion will continue to hurt those of us who have already been hurt by these tragic events. If his intent is to shed light on what can be done in the future to prevent this, I think it’s a little too premature to offer his opinion.

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