There’s a tell-all book about the ladies of “The View” and Whoopi Goldberg wants nothing to do with it. This is what the comedian told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” when asked about the controversial book by journalist Ramin Setoodeh.
“Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View” takes readers behind the scenes of the show, particularly delving into the feuds, wild antics and personality clashes of the ladies who’ve been a part of the show.
“The View” was created by Barbara Walters in 1997 and featured a panel of female co-hosts with varying opinions discussing important issues. In its more than two-decade run, the show has featured a roster of ladies who have at one point hosted the show along with Walters who retired in 2014. The talk show is currently being hosted by hosted by Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, and Abby Huntsman.
"What happens for me at work is not for everybody -- it's not their business"
As the show would often bank on its hosts’ clash of opinions, Setoodeh used that as an anchor for his book. He interviewed several former co-hosts and tapped on his knowledge about the show from his years reporting about it to spill the beans about what went down among the ladies that the audience may not know.
One section of the book talks about Goldberg and her influence on the show. Former co-host Jenny McCarthy provided controversial details. The actress claimed Goldberg “had an addiction to controlling people’s thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood. She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody.”
She also said Goldberg would often clash with Walters.
McCarthy famously left the show after one year and described her time there as “miserable.”
Meanwhile, former co-host Rosie O’Donnell also slammed Goldberg for being “as mean as anyone has ever been” to her.
During Goldberg’s conversation with Cohen, she told him she had nothing to do with the book.
"I didn't talk to the guy, I didn't care about the book.” She further explains,
"What happens for me at work is not for everybody -- it's not their business. I don't like talking out of school and I don't like other people talking out of school. So, for me, you just have to leave it there. That's for me, I don't know about anybody else."
Goldberg has been a host of “The View” since 2007. She recently took a break from the show due to serious health reasons but bounced back after more than a month.