Rosie O’Donnell Reveals Why Working with Whoopi Goldberg on ‘The View’ Was a ‘Painful Experience’

Fresh from the shocking assertions Jenny McCarthy made about Barbara Walters, Rosie O’Donnell is wasting tea about her time on The View. In particular, she believes that Whoopi Goldberg was ‘mean’ to her.

Rosie O’Donnell dishes abou her time on The View

Rosie O’Donnell was a co-presenter on The View in 2006 through 2007 and returned in 2014. She replaced Meredith Vieira on the panel initially and often headed heads with conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

She returned in 2014, this time often sparring with Whoopi Goldberg, but announced her departure in 2015, referring to a ‘personal decision’. She published a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, noting: “[My health] got a little worse just before the vacation – [my doctor] was worried … I can’t really fix my [personal life], but I can repair [my work].

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O’Donnell dishes about her View experience in new book

In Ramin Setoodeh’s new book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, Lisa Hackner, ABC’s daytime executive vice president and syndication, claimed that Whoopi Goldberg was bringing O’Donnell back after Barbara Walters left “to show “

O’Donnell and Goldberg had a big disagreement about the show in 2009, with Goldberg noting that director Roman Polanski had not committed “rape of rape”, although he had been guilty of raping the then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1979.

O’Donnell told Setoodeh that Goldberg sent her an “angry letter,” with O’Donnell writing, “I’m sorry if it hurts your feelings. I have feelings other than you. And I stand up for what I believe, but I never bet against you, Whoopi Goldberg. “

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O’Donnell and Goldberg continued to have differences of opinion

When O’Donnell returned to The View, she discovered that Goldberg often disputed her contributions to the show. Their tension on the screen also appeared on the show, with O’Donnell in the book: “Some people would say,” What’s wrong with you and Whoopi? ” I thought, “Are you watching the show? It’s just about there.” I don’t need a public feud. “

O’Donnell threw Goldberg on for her treatment and commented: “Whoopi Goldberg was just as mean as anyone had ever been on television personally while I was sitting there. Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television , was interaction with her. “

Despite the “painful experience,” O’Donnell does not seem to hold a grudge: “She is a minority, feminist, smart, funny, pioneering legend that is black in America. I will never respect Whoopi Goldberg. But that was a painful experience, personal and professional. “

O’Donnell made claims about Hasselbeck, too

In the book, O’Donnell also talked about her experience with Hasselbeck on The View, in which she said she had a “crush” on the conservative co-host, and noted that there was “underlying lesbian overtones on both parts.”

In response to comments, Hasselbeck said about The View this week: “What she said was reckless, not true, and not only insulting, disturbing when it comes to how she felt about someone in the workplace.”

That said, Hasselbeck explained: “I absolutely forgive her because I was disturbed by what she said and I was offended by it. She has my forgiveness, my full heart and I really pray that she can just get the peace she deserves . That is my ultimate prayer. “


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