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Katie Can't Handle 'The View'

By Jarrett Wieselman

Katie Holmes has appeared on "Live with Regis and Kelly," "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with David Letterman" during her "Mad Money" promotional blitz over the past two days, but there is one place she won't be showing up — "The View." Katie was scheduled to pre-tape a segment with her "Mad Money" co-star Diane Keaton this afternoon but sources tell PageSix.com that Katie pulled out at the last minute and has left the staff scrambling for a replacement guest. While there was reportedly no reason given for her last-minute bailing, there are a few juicy possibilities!

The first and most plausible reason is that "The View's" coffee klatch refused to restrict their questions to the softballs other hosts have been lobbing at Katie all week. According to The New York Post's Page Six, ABC suits were furious after Diane Sawyer refused to ask any hard-hitting questions when Katie appeared on "GMA" yesterday, especially regarding the rumors that her daughter Suri was fathered by late Scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Ditto with David Letterman, who actually found himself on the receiving end of the questions when Katie hit his stage last night. Every time Dave asked her about anything, she answered politely (albeit vaguely) and then started quizzing him. For example, when asked how she spent her holidays, Katie said the family had a "big celebration in Colorado" before turning the tables and asking Dave, "how about your holidays? Do you cook?"

The second possibility as to why Katie pulled the plug could be that she was fearful talk would quickly turn to Andrew Morton's sensational new biography of her husband, Tom Cruise, that hits stores today. The day of its release would have been the prime time to get Katie to talk about the trashy tome.

Thirdly, and once again regarding her husband, Katie might have been wary of Tom's Scientology recruitment video becoming the talk of the View table. In the recently released clip, Tom says: "It’s a privilege to call yourself a Scientologist, and it’s something that you have to earn because a Scientologist has the ability to create new and better realities and improve conditions." He goes on to say that Scientologists are the authorities on a wide number of topics and the only people who can truly help the masses.

Or maybe Katie is simply under the weather or took a mental health day — even celebrities need those. After all, traipsing all over the globe with your gorgeous husband and adorable child in a private jet can be quite taxing!

A rep for "The View" said, "we don't discuss the bookings," while Katie's rep didn't return calls.