First look: Why "The View" passed on Gayle King

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Barbara Walters feared hiring Gayle King as a moderator for "The View" in 2007 because she worried King's good friend Oprah Winfrey would somehow "hijack" the show, according to an excerpt from the new book "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of 'The View,'" by Variety's New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh.

The bottom line: "The thing that made King famous — her connection to Oprah — also worked against her with 'The View,'" Setoodeh writes. "Barbara worried that Oprah might try to somehow hijack 'The View,' leading to another ugly turf war after Rosie O'Donnell."     

Apple unveils media strategy with fanfare but few details

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Apple paraded some of Hollywood's biggest stars on stage Monday to unveil its master plan to take on the media business. But for what was supposed to be Apple's big coming-out party, the company left some basic questions unanswered.

The bottom line: Apple made it clear that in order to build a big media business, it will need to lean heavily into the billions of Apple devices already in customers' hands. But it hedged on spelling out what all of those services would look like, which ultimately softened its big pitch to take on Hollywood.

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