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Whataday9,923 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
The View has been touched upon in the Loose Women thread from time to time and I thought it might be good to start its own thread as this week a new book, "Ladies Who Punch" has been released with a fascinating insight into the show's history.

The show is renowned for its fireworks on air (and sometimes behind the scenes), and the author Ramin Setoodah gained candid interviews with every single co-host except (Whoopi Goldberg and Elizabeth Hasselbeck)

In the book, a story is told about Barbara Walters reprimanding Elizabeth Hasselbeck on air during a segment on the morning after pill. Hasselbeck was furious and walked off set, quitting the show during the commercial break.

That would be a pretty unremarkable anecdote in the grand scheme of the show, except for one fact: the entire meltdown was caught on tape (via the co-hosts' live radio mics), and has never been released... until today:

Rkolsen2,716 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
Not out of that clip when viewed in isolation, but the book as a whole suggests Walters was difficult to say the least and this is an example of things reaching boiling point.

Behar comes across best.

You know someone is difficult when they’re forced off their own show.

Reportedly they pushed Barbra Walters out because she was starting to show signs of dementia. The supermarket tabloids and some other sites say it’s at an advanced stage.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
ginnyfan2,657 posts since 5 Feb 2006
BBC World
Well it was clear Barbara was tough to deal with even on air. Very often she was shady and bitchy towards other co-hosts, especially those who made her angry, like Star Jones.

This article is about the whole Rosie/Trump drama but it also reveals how the whole thing impacted Rosie's relationship with Barbara and a huge fight they had in front of the whole team. It's a fascinating read.

How the Donald Trump–Rosie O’Donnell Feud Wreaked Havoc at The View

Whataday9,923 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Star Jones quitting was the first indication it was quite a nasty setup backstage. Star later alleged that someone on the production had leaked she was getting fired, which prompted her early announcement.
Another badly handled situation made worse by egos.

Whataday9,923 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
It has always been a huge contradiction of a show. The public fall-outs lead to high ratings and are therefore encouraged, but on the other hand they go to great lengths to insist they all get along really.

It isn't as bad these days - since Barbara left it has been integrated into ABC News, whereas it formerly came under Entertainment.

it's interesting that Meghan in comparison hasn't had the same sort of drama.

Although Joy's patience with Meghan is wearing very thin, and the other week reference was made to arguments backstage. Also Meghan muttered "I miss Whoopi hosting" during a segment recently when Joy argued with her over an issue.
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