Barbara Walters to Interview Santa Barbara Shooting Suspect’s Father

Barbara Walters Interview Santa Barbara Shooting

Barbara Walters may have announced her May retirement from daytime TV, but that won’t stop her from conducting another big interview.

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

The former “View” host will interview Peter Rodger, the “Hunger Games” second unit director and father of Santa Barbara shooting suspect Elliot Rodger. ABC News made the announcement on Monday.

SEE ALSO: Barbara Walters on Big Changes at “The View”

The 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people, injured 13 and then took his own life near the University of California, Santa Barbara on May 23.

The interview will air on an upcoming special edition of “20/20.” The official air date has yet to be announced.


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  1. TV101 says:

    I am glad Barbara will still be doing these interview from time to time and that she’s maintaining an office at ABC news. To often I see people retire, especially in the television business, and they literally don’t know what do with themselves. I say slow down but keep active – the more you do the longer you live. I seriously adore Ms. Walters. As for the other commenter below – ABC News and others will get there.

  2. apollo dukakis says:

    Why doesn’t Walters interview one of the victim’s fathers? Martinez was so eloquent and impassioned. Her bland interviewing probably can’t handle his anger and outrage and but can safely tiptoe around the suspect father’s apologies,regret and confusion. Why dignify the suspect and his plight when the victims were infinitely more worthy .

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