July 15, 2019
Rosie O’Donnell opened up about her explosive on-set conflict with Oscar-winner “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
Rosie O’Donnell finally spilled the beans on the backstage goings-on during her sojourn on "The View" and her much commented ongoing feud with co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
ABC executives brought O'Donnell onto the all-women panel of the talk show to "spice it up" and got a lot more than what they bargained for.
O'Donnell's last stint on "The View" may have been in 2015 but the memories still sting.
The comedian opened up to Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show, “Radio Andy,” and shared her opinion on the Ramin Setoodeh's book "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View"."
The book seems to have torn open a lot of old wounds and rekindled the animosity between two women
The feud between O’Donnell and Goldberg takes center stage in Setoodeh's book, starting with the story behind the comedian's first sting on the talk show panel in 2007, which lasted for one brief but tumultuous season.
“There’s a fair characterization to say that before I went on the show, she was not that interested in "The View." She wouldn’t talk when there were other guests, she would just sit there," O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell told Cohen that bearing in mind the tension between herself and Goldberg on set in 2007, she had reached out to the actress when asked to return in 2015.
“I I don’t have a real competitive side with other women. I wanna support other women. I wanna try to help other women. So, it got off to the wrong foot. (...) It was really painful to me to feel how much she didn’t like me." O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell confessed to Cohen that she bitterly regrets having agreed to an interview Setoodeh with regards to "The View" and her relationship with Goldberg.
"It was literally, Andy, 15 minutes in a restaurant by my house with Cindy Berger, who is a friend of [author Ramin Setoodeh]. So, she said, 'Please do it.' She begged me to do. I go, 'I'll do 15 minutes.' But yeah, I shouldn't have done it at all. I didn't wanna do it," she revealed.
Whatever her motives, the book seems to have torn open a lot of old wounds and rekindled the animosity between two women, who nonetheless admit that they respect and admire each other's work.
Whoopi Golberg got into a heated confrontation with guest Jeanine Pirro a year ago in an episode of "The View."
Pirro, who is a former judge and politician, was present to present and discuss her new book " Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy."
Goldberg, who is both a liberal and a very vocal critic of President Trump and his administration, hit the roof when Pirro accused her of having “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
The episode quickly cut to a commercial break, and Goldberg later apologized to her audience for losing her temper.