Barbara Walters announced on Monday's "View" that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney canceled on the ABC daytime talk show. His wife Ann will still appear on Thursday's show.
Through a campaign spokesperson, Romney announced that he would visit the program in October after devastating comments made during a fundraising event were released through a secretly recorded video. Romney called the ABC talk show "high-risk" and said that co-host Whoopi Goldberg had a particularly sharp tongue.
While his comments about the roughly 47 percent of Americans who do not pay taxes made headlines, his remarks about the ABC daytime talk show raised some eyebrows as well.
Walters addressed his Thursday cancellation at the top of Monday's show. She said:
Gov. Romney was supposed to be on with us this Thursday with Ann Romney. We were looking forward to it. Over the weekend, his people said that he had scheduling problems and would not be coming on with us. Nor at this point did he feel that he could reschedule. We are happy to have Mrs. Romney on with us. We are sorry that we won't have Governor Romney and that's the situation...He can change his mind and we hope he does. It would be our pleasure to have him on the program.