Selfish Tyrant? A New Book Claims Barbara Walters Created A Hostile Environment At 'The View'

Date March 29, 2019 15:42

The View has been one of the most popular daytime talk shows since it first aired.


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Founded in 1997 by Barbara Walters, a veteran trailblazing journalist, the show has seen many ups and downs over the years. The panel has changed a lot since 1997, but Barbara herself was a regular co-host until her retirement in 2014. She still serves as the show’s executive producer.

The View would have never become what it is now without its fierce founder. But was she too fierce? A new book suggests it’s true.

Barbara was a tyrant, a new book claims

Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View” by Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh, offers a glimpse of what has been going on behind the scenes of the show over its twenty plus years on the air.


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You already know the co-hosts haven’t always agreed on issues (a prime example of this is Rosie O’Donnell's epic argument with Elisabeth Hasselbeck). But what their personal relationships have been like?

According to the book, Barbara created a hostile environment at The View, as she felt threatened by co-hosts who were more popular than her, including the show’s current regulars Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.


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The book also claims Barbara was especially cruel to Rosie, who quit the show with a scandal before her contract expired.

Rosie wrote a book in which she portrayed Barbara as a selfish and jealous boss. Barbara reportedly fired back by arranging for a hit piece to be published in the New York Post. The article presented Rosie as totally mentally unstable and out of control.


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For former co-host Jenny McCarthy, the work environment was so bad she was in tears because of Barbara more than once. In a new interview with Vulture, Jenny is quoted as saying:

I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters.

I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself. It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business.


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What do you think? Did Barbara go overboard in her attempts to be the one always in the spotlight?

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