Okay, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. But look, when Katy Perry told Billboard about her own 2011 sit-down with Barbara Walters, here’s how she recalled it:
“I shouldn’t have done the interview: I was playing Madison Square Garden that same night, and I knew that the end of my marriage [to Russell Brand] was coming. I was just exhausted and stressed.
“I’d prepped everyone that I was running late, but Barbara showed up at the original time anyway. When I got there, I apologized immediately, but then she said to me, ‘You know, I’ve only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland. You know how she turned out, right?’
“I was like, ‘Oh, snap! Yes, bitch!’”
Jesus. Barbara Walters takes punctuality very seriously, you guys. (And we thought Oprah was the baddest bitch with a mic.)
For her part, Babs said on Monday’s ep of “The View” that she’s sorry if she was too harsh: “Katy, if I made you feel at all unhappy, during a time when you were obviously unhappy, and I didn’t know, I’m sorry … But you can’t always know!”
Regardless, Katy actually wears Walters’ threat like a badge of honor:
“I think it’s the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me. I just couldn’t tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, ‘Hey, my marriage is falling apart. Give me a break.’”