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.