Media outlets have received advance copies of Ramin Setoodeh’s new behind-the-scenes book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” and the quotes from the book are already raising eyebrows.
Instinct reported yesterday on frictions chronicled in the book between past co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck.
Openly lesbian O’Donnell apparently admits to a non-sexual “crush” on the very conservative Hasselbeck in the tell-all, which led EH to tell the world she immediately began to pray for the comic.
O’Donnell took to Twitter to clarify the comment and take a slap at Setoodeh with a #raminSUX hashtag:
hey eh – my crush on u was not sexual – sorry u got scared – ❤️surely u recall b4 it all went wrong – i never objectified u – i did find u fantastic – broadway shows – my pool -we were friends once ❤️ god love ya kid – i always did #hasselbeck #raminSUX
— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 26, 2019
Today, PEOPLE quotes O’Donnell as saying that, despite the fact that she “revered” Whoopi Goldberg before working with her on the show, Goldberg was “mean” to her.
And not just run-of-the-mill “mean.”
“Whoopi Goldberg was as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally – while I was sitting there,” O’Donnell reportedly told Setoodeh. “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.”
Clashes between the two funny ladies reportedly happened during both of O’Donnell’s seasons on the gabfest.
In 2009, when Goldberg apparently asserted that director Roman Polanski hasn’t committed “rape rape,” although he’d pled guilty to the charge in 1979, O’Donnell pushed back.
That resulted in an “angry letter” from Goldberg to O’Donnell. O’Donnell reportedly wrote back writing, “I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings. I have different feelings about it than you.”
She told Setoodeh she closed with, “And I stand up for what I believe, but I’ll never bet against you, Whoopi Goldberg.”
When O’Donnell returned to the talk show in 2014, she apparently clashed several times again with Whoopi with suggestions for beginning meetings earlier and covering the Bill Cosby sex scandal allegations. Goldberg reportedly shut down all of O’Donnell’s ideas.
That said, O’Donnell does still see Goldberg as a force to be reckoned with.
“She’s a minority, feminist, smart, funny, groundbreaking legend who is black in America,” said O’Donnell in praise of the Oscar winner. “I’m never going to not have respect for Whoopi Goldberg.”
“But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally,” O’Donnell concluded.
Expect more gossipy bits in the upcoming Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View”. Release date April 2.