"I have a few things to say about Lindsay Lohan," Walters said on Monday's edition of her talk show "The View." "I have been quiet, but here we go. I like Lindsay Lohan very much, let me say this. I have known her for years, since she was a very little girl, a child star and she was very vulnerable and she said whenever she'd do an interview, she would sit down and do it with me."
Walters said she flew to Los Angeles to talk to Lohan on the set of her TV movie "Liz & Dick" for the first part of their interview last June.
The second part was to take place next week ahead of the Elizabeth Taylor bio-picture's debut on Lifetime, but the veteran broadcast journalist said Lohan's longtime publicist recently quit and her new representative canceled her interview with Walters.
Walters said she would have understood, "if they said to me, 'Barbara, she is not up to the kinds of questions you might ask...'"
"Although most of [the questions] were comparing her life to Elizabeth Taylor's -- both child stars, both with aggressive mothers, etc. And it would have been a wonderful, wonderful interview. She could have set a lot of things straight. If they had told me that, I wouldn't feel quite so disappointed as I do today," Walters said, adding she wishes Lohan well even though she was upset to learn the actress had agreed to be interviewed by Jay Leno on "Tonight."
"As far as Jay goes, I love Jay, more power to him," Walters said.
Lohan, 26, starred in a string of hit films such as "The Parent Trap" and "Mean Girls," but in recent years has seen her career eclipsed by her legal troubles, family dramas, and battles with drugs and alcohol.
COLDPLAY & JAY-Z: British pop group Coldplay announced it plans to ring in 2013 with a concert featuring rapper Jay-Z at Barclays Center in New York City.
The show is to be preceded by the band's headline concerts at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Dec. 29 and at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Dec. 30. Naturally 7 will be the supporting act for the Dec. 29-30 shows.
The three year-end dates mark Coldplay's only remaining U.S. shows for 2012, Live Nation said.
"This will be the second time in two years that Coldplay has celebrated the new year with long-term friend and collaborator Jay-Z, the band having shared the bill with him at a Las Vegas concert in 2010," a news release said. "More recently, Jay Z performed onstage with Coldplay at the spectacular London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony. The two Brooklyn dates also mark the first shows that Coldplay has put on sale in New York City since September 2005."
KEVIN JONAS: E! says U.S. singer Kevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle, are to return for a second season of its reality series "Married to Jonas" this spring.
"We are excited to continue following Kevin and Dani's journey as they juggle love and marriage with pop superstardom and eager in-laws," Lisa Berger, president of entertainment programming for E!, said in a statement Monday. "Season 2 of 'Married to Jonas' will continue to solidify E!'s 'can't miss' Sunday night reality block."
"As we thought they might, Kevin and Dani Jonas proved both relatable and captivating to E! audiences," said show executive producer Ryan Seacrest. "We're excited to continue chronicling their marriage and relationships with extended family and friends in Season 2. I expect they'll continue to charm and amuse people along the way, generating even more Jonas family fans."
Kevin is the oldest member of the fraternal pop group Jonas Brothers.
SHIRLEY JONES: Singer-actress Shirley Jones is to guest star on the sitcom "Cougar Town," TBS announced.
Season 4 of the show is to debut Jan. 8. It stars Courteney Cox as Jules Cobb, a recently remarried mom who is never far from her wine and her group of friends, known as the "cul de sac crew."
Jones is set to play Anne, an elderly woman who buys Grayson's old house under the condition that Jules spends time with her.
"Anne ends up sharing a lot of advice with Jules, whether she wants to hear it or not," a synopsis said.
Josh Hopkins plays Grayson, Jules' new husband.
Jones is best known for her performances in the musical films "Oklahoma!," "Carousel" and "The Music Man," as well as for her starring role in TV's "The Partridge Family." She earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1960 drama "Elmer Gantry."