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'Ladies Who Punch' – Tell-All Book about 'The View' Will Reportedly Be Adapted into TV Series

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 16, 2020
05:00 A.M.
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New York Times best-selling book, "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of 'The View,'" will be adapted into a TV miniseries, new reports have claimed. The book tells the story of the behind-the-scenes drama of the daytime talkshow.

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A year after its release, the tell-all book "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of 'The View,'" is reportedly getting adapted into a miniseries.

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According to Variety, the New York Times best-selling book from St. Martin's Press has sold its screen rights to Erik Feig's media company, PictureStart, and will be coming to the screens soon.

The miniseries would feature A-list actresses to play Barbara Walters – the creator of the program, which started in 1997 – and her co-hosts.

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"Ladies Who Punch" was written by Ramin Setoodeh, who is Variety's New York Bureau Chief, so it didn't take long for the April 2019 released book to catch the attention of the public including Howard Stern, Andy Cohen, and Wendy Williams.

The book which is based on more than 150 interviews with co-hosts, crew members, producers, and well-known guests addresses the behind-the-scenes drama at the ABC daytime talk show.

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"Ladies Who Punch" also focuses on the unplanned power struggles between the panelists, including Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell, and Star Jones. As regards the talks of a visual adaptation, People Magazine noted that PictureStart's executive VP of production, Ryan Lindenberg stated that:

"Ramin's amazing book is the perfect fodder for an addictive, juicy, wickedly smart and provocative series that will have viewers on the edge of their seats, wanting more."

The news outlet added that the miniseries would feature A-list actresses to play Barbara Walters – the creator of the program, which started in 1997 – and her co-hosts.

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Barbara Walters attends the New York Public Library Lunch at The New York Public Library on April 13, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Barbara Walters attends the New York Public Library Lunch at The New York Public Library on April 13, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

ET Canada has, however, pointed out that no timeline had been set for the production of the miniseries. The report comes a year after People revealed that Jenny McCarthy claimed that Barbara Walters had a habit of yelling at her on the show.

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The shocking admission was found in a "Ladies Who Punch" excerpt – published by Vulture – that was released before the book hit the stores.

According to the then-46-year-old, the short time that she spent as a panelist on "The View" was "miserable" as she was told that they couldn't "do pop culture anymore because [Barbara] doesn't know who the people are."

Jenny, who replaced Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, also claimed that she planned to provide pop culture expertise as the show moved away from politics.

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