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While interviewing the 40-year-old actor for her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2015" special (as excerpted by People), the 86-year-old journalist told Bradley point-blank, "...I find you very screwable."
She went on to tell the Joy hunk (and former "Sexiest Man Alive") she finds him "handsome" and "sexy," admitting, "I could just sit and stare at you, but that would take too much time."
Bradley was flattered, we're guessing, but perhaps just a little bit uncomfortable thanks to Babs' rather straightforward compliment. This isn't the first time the semi-retired TV veteran has made an interview subject squirm, though—far from it! In fact, here are five other times Barbara went a tad too far and made everyone uncomfortable.
1. When She Shaded Bonnie Hunt: Back in 2009, The Bonnie Hunt Show host popped by The View. Bonnie, whose eponymous talk show went off the air in 2010, was explaining how one of her producers wished she had more things from her personal life to talk about on the air. "Perhaps maybe more glamorous...like your life," Bonnie said to Barbara.
Without missing a beat, Barbara replied, "Honey, you have no idea what my life is."
"I hear you on the show," Bonnie tried to say. "You're going out, you're doing things—"
"No," Barbara interrupted. "I don't talk that way."
A visibly uncomfortable Bonnie then offered, "I'm gonna come clean. I've never seen this show [The View]."
"You know what, Bonnie? It's OK!" Barbara said, patting her guest's knee jovially. "I've never seen yours!"
Bonnie pretended to get up and walk away, and when she returned, a laughing Barbara settled down and swiftly changed the subject.
2. When She Really Shaded Katy Perry: Sadly, this one took place off camera, but the great K.P. filled the rest of us in later. The singer, who made the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2011" list, later told Billboard she "shouldn't have done the interview," explaining, "I was playing Madison Square Garden that same night, and I knew that the end of my marriage was coming. I was just exhausted and stressed."
According to Katy, she'd "prepped everyone that I was running late, but Barbara showed up at the original time anyway."
"When I got there, I apologized immediately," Katy told Billboard, "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!'"
Katy said she thinks "it's the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me," and Babs herself later apologized, saying during an episode of The View, "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!"
3. When She Had This Interchange With Elizabeth Vargas on The View: Elizabeth was open about seeking treatment for alcoholism and how she came to the realization she had a problem. During a 2014 appearance on The View, though, Barbara seemingly pressed the 20/20 co-anchor further than she was ready to take the conversation.
"What finally happened that made you say, 'OK, it's time to get help?'" former View co-host Jenny McCarthy asked.
"Well, I showed up for a shoot on 20/20 and I was in no condition to shoot that interview," Elizabeth said, but Barbara quickly interrupted, saying, "We all knew."
Jenny tried to rephrase her question, but Barbara cut in, "It was public at that point."
Elizabeth tried to clarify that her problem wasn't actually public yet, but Barbara responded, "No, but we all knew."
Barbara later explained to Page Six, "I love Elizabeth and have great admiration for her. I never would have deliberately said anything to hurt her, and I called to tell her that."
"This is silly!" Elizabeth added. "Barbara is a colleague and a friend."
4. When She Tried to Ask Chelsea Handler if She Liked Women: Chelsea was on the "Most Fascinating People of 2014" list, and Barbara wanted to know everything about her sex life! After Chelsea confirmed that she considered herself "promiscuous," the journalist wanted to know if that included sex with men and women. "I'm not a lesbian," Chelsea told her, but Babs kept prodding (to no avail.) "I wish I was [a lesbian]," quipped Chelsea. "I would help you. I would try to make this interview even more exciting."
5. When She Kinda Got Sassy With Amy Schumer: To be fair, the Trainwreck star kind of brought this one on herself. In any case, during Amy's sit-down with Barbara for her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2015" special, she was asked (as excerpted by Page Six) if she ever "fakes orgasms." The comedian, not shockingly, provided an entertaining and thorough answer. She then posed the same question to Barbara, asking, "Have you ever faked it?"
"I'm not gonna tell you," said Barbara. Why not? "Because I have this image of myself as being dignified and so on."
Amy quipped back that she thinks of herself as "dignified," too, saying, "I just did a press conference on gun control."
Barbara responded sharply, "I have to tell you that doing an interview with you is not exactly like interviewing Henry Kissinger."
Cringe de la cringe! Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 airs this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.