Report: George Zimmerman's demands cost him interview with Barbara Walters

Walters: Zimmerman for money

Legendary journalist and host of The View Barbara Walters was set to interview George Zimmerman, until she got a last-minute request, according to a NY Post report.

Walters now says Zimmerman appears desperate for money, according to the Huffington Post ( http://huff.to/MnxjHM ).

Zimmerman, charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin, reportedly asked Walters to pay for a month-long hotel stay for him and his wife.

Walters had flown down to Florida Wednesday to meet with Zimmerman, 28, and his lawyer about a lengthy interview.

The interview would have taken place after Fox News' Sean Hannity interview.

NY Post said Walters was "appalled" at the request and called off the interview. An ABC News spokesperson confirmed that Zimmerman made a last-minute request that Walters could not and would not agree to, but will not confirm what Zimmerman wanted.  

Zimmerman called into the Walter's show The View the following Thursday to try and speak, but she refused to put him on air.

"If you could not do the interview yesterday, I don't think we should do a quick one today," Walters said.

Walters confirmed the posts report on The View, saying that she and her crew were preparing to do the interview when Zimmerman said there was a change of plans. Walters said Zimmerman refused to do the interview unless she paid for the month-long hotel stay.

She said as a member of ABC News she couldn't do that.

Zimmerman has also re-launched his website, where he is pleading for more donations.

"Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this case, we have now realized that it is much larger than we ever thought regarding its extent and cost. We have been in hiding in temporary housing, and our security needs have been extremely high," he wrote.

"The fund has been devastated by the need to pay $100,000 to a bondsman and almost $50,000 in security expenses. The skyrocketing legal costs have gone unpaid. The defense fund is at its lowest point since its inception; in fact, with outstanding expenses yet unpaid, the fund is near depletion," Zimmerman continued.

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