On Thursday morning Barbara Walters explained to viewers of “The View” that she flew down to Orlando, Florida with a camera crew to interview George Zimmerman but that ultimately ABC News declined to interview the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Walters made the announcement during the “Hot Topics” segment in the beginning of the hour long show and 10-minutes before the show ended Zimmerman’s lawyer was calling to grant a live interview over the phone. They were rejected.

Walters didn’t say what the conditions that Zimmerman demanded were but added that he is “desperate for money.”

However, the NY Post is reporting Zimmerman demanded ABC put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month:

Barbara Walters walked away from an interview with Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman after the former neighborhood watchman demanded at the last minute that, in return for the chat, ABC put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month, a source told Page Six.

An ABC News spokesman told to the NY Post Walters “went down there with every intention of doing an interview, but Mr. Zimmerman made a demand at the last minute that we could not and would never agree to,” the rep said.

Part one of the segment below, via ABC:

And below, watch when Zimmerman calls in to the “The View” and gets rejected:

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