If you’re at work, secretly hating your job, hoping the pile of assignments on your desk will magically get completed, side-eyeing Todd at the next cubicle over for his annoying laugh, basically wishing you could be anywhere else, just think–there are worse places to work. Places like The View. More specifically, at least if you’re Rosie O’Donnell, The View when it’s moderated by Whoopi Goldberg.
According to Rosie, who co-hosted The View for two separate seasons (2006-2007 and 2014-2015), Goldberg was “as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally — while I was sitting there,” O’Donnell told Ramin Setoodeh in his new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, as per People mag. “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.”
“Worse than Fox News.” And this is coming from a gay mother of five. So you know it had to be horrific.
It apparently all started after Barbara Walters left in 2013 and Whoopi was reportedly told to get Rosie back “to save the show.” But the two women had feuded a few years prior, about Roman Polanski. Goldberg stated that the director hadn’t committed “‘rape’ rape” while O’Donnell disagreed. Whoopi then sent Rosie an “angry letter,” to which Rosie responded.
“I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings,” O’Donnell replied to Goldberg, according to the book, which comes out April 2. “I have different feelings about it than you. And I stand up for what I believe, but I’ll never bet against you, Whoopi Goldberg.”
But when Rosie did return for that short stint, she claims Whoopi shut down all of her suggestions and ideas, which was frustrating, obviously. Rosie became increasingly “on edge” and that tension played out on TV when she complained about Whoopi to their guests.
“Some people would say, ‘What’s going on with you and Whoopi?'” O’Donnell recalled in the tell-all. “I was like, ‘Are you watching the show? It’s pretty much right there.’ I have no desire for a public feud.”
O’Donnell did admit that, before working with her, she “revered” Goldberg, saying, “She’s a minority, feminist, smart, funny, groundbreaking legend who is black in America. I’m never going to not have respect for Whoopi Goldberg. But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally.”
Wow. What a letdown that must’ve been for Rosie, to learn that someone she admired was, to put it mildly, not what she expected. The View is sounding more and more like a place we wouldn’t want to work, with Rosie’s revelations pretty much in keeping with what Jenny McCarthy also shared. Perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that opinionated women from different walks of life were going to butt heads, but what Rosie went through and what Jenny described sounds horrific. No wonder Rosie — and Jenny — got the eff out of there.