The View Disputes Nicole Arbour's Claims That She Overheard Co-Host Michelle Collins Call Nurses 'Wannabe Doctors'
An ABC rep has disputed this story, and said Arbour and Collins were never backstage together
Controversies may have collided recently on The View: Comedian Nicole Arbour, on the show Wednesday to discuss the firestorm around her viral “Dear Fat People” video, claims she overheard new co-host Michelle Collins bad-mouthing nurses backstage.
The View panel had come under fire for mocking comments on Monday’s episode about a Miss America contestant who performed a monologue about her nursing career.
Collins said previously, “She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win.” And co-host Joy Behar later asked, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”
Arbour, appearing on SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton Thursday, said she saw the hosts discussing the nurse comments afterwards backstage.
“Backstage, I heard the girls being like, ‘Oh yeah, our nurse jokes didn’t go over well so we have to apologize because they’re Tweeting us too much.’
“And I’m like, ‘Y’all are p——.’ See, I can sit in my jokes and be like, yeah, I made them, I think it’s funny. Whatever. But they go on there and make a fake apology.
“When when the cameras weren’t rolling, Michelle [Collins] was like, ‘Yeah, that’s not a real profession. They’re wannabe doctors.’ ”
A rep for The View disputed this story, telling PEOPLE that Arbour’s story is “completely false.”
“Nicole and Michelle were never backstage at the same time,” the rep said in a statement. “Michelle was on the stage from the moment the show started until after the show ended. Nicole was brought down to the backstage area after the show started.”
“That video was made to offend people, just the way I do with all my other videos,” she said on the show. “It’s just satire, it’s just being silly. I’m just having a bit of fun, and that’s what we did.”
Collins has not publicly commented on Arbour’s claim.
• Reporting by JANINE RAYFORD RUBENSTEIN