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Barbara Walters to Elizabeth Vargas: ‘We All Knew’ About Your Alcoholism

Barbara ElizabethSitting next to Elizabeth Vargas on “The View” as she opened up about her battle with alcoholism, Barbara Walters told Vargas that her addiction was well-known among colleagues.

“We knew…I’m very fond of Elizabeth and proud of her, but we knew. It was public at that point,” Walters said during a discussion about Vargas’ attempt to keep her struggle secret from her colleagues.

“No it wasn’t,” Vargas awkwardly responded generating a moment of silence on the panel.

Page Six reports Walters later called Vargas to apologize.

The two women told Page Six there’s nothing to the on-air frostiness.

Barbara told us, “I love Elizabeth and have great admiration for her. I never would have deliberately said anything to hurt her, and I called to tell her that.” Elizabeth added, “This is silly! Barbara is a colleague and a friend.”

The video after the jump.

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