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Barbara Walters returning to 'The View'

 Barbara Walters is in talks to chat on "The View" once again.John Russo/Bella/Getty Images

 Barbara Walters is in talks to chat on “The View” once again.

Barbara Walters has been turning to her high-powered friends for advice on whether she should step in to a full time role and save “The View,” Confidenti@l has learned from a well-placed industry insider.

A second source close to the show confirms that there has indeed been high-level chatter about bringing Walters back for an upcoming Sweeps Week appearance toward the end of this month, but says those discussions have revolved around a one-off visit rather than Walters returning to run the show.

Walters has been left “disappointed” with the constant behind-the-scenes drama and on-air chaos the show has been experiencing during the past year. Her latest hope is that recently returned original panelist Joy Behar can bring some sanity and sensibility to the struggling chat show.

“She created it, and to see the show turn into this hodge podge of topics which constantly gets press upsets her,” says our first source. “She doesn’t want to see it canceled, and thinks she’s the only one who can save it.”

But nearly all of Walters’ pals are advising her against intervening, with that source saying it may not even be a realistic option.

“It’s not like she can return there every day to produce a live show,” says our source. “She watches, and has given notes, and continues to give notes but she should be remembered for creating it, not its demise.”

What Walters was interested in doing specifically was spearheading a total overhaul of the show’s topics and better controlling the drama between the cast and ABC execs.

In May 2014, Walters taped her last episode of “The View,” which featured Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton, and a solid group of women anchors who showed up to pay respects.

Walters has been officially retired, although she still has an office at ABC and occasionally contributes to specials.

We’d reported that immediately after she retired, it seemed she wasn’t ready to let go just yet. A source had revealed that Walters, who created the show in 1997, was spotted on a couch in the show’s green room soon after she left. “Let’s just say she likes to give notes,” said the source.

“I have, of course, mixed feelings about retiring,” Walters had said at the time.

A rep for ABC tells Confidenti@l “We are always excited to hear from Barbara at The ‘View.’ Not only is she the creator but one of the most brilliant TV producers working in the business.”

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