According to a new Vanity Fair story the show’s past year has been an extremely turbulent one.
The piece details the desperate search for co-hosts just a month before its relaunch in August, finally choosing Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, and describes an argument between Rosie O’Donnell and a producer that got so heated that staffers “ran over trying to separate them.”
Wallace told PEOPLE last month that it had been a year of ups and downs. And Walters said the return of O’Donnell did not help the in-fighting. “I think Rosie and Whoopi together was not peaches and cream. And I don’t think we needed the two of them together.”
Former co-host Joy Behar credits Walters with being the one who could calm behind-the-scenes tension saying Walters kept “the lid on craziness.”