'She Was as Mean as Anyone Has Ever Been to Me': A History of Some of the Biggest Feuds on The View
Meghan McCain vs. Joy Behar
The panel had been discussing Trump’s 2020 campaign kickoff the night prior, and McCain — no Trump fan — noted the enthusiasm of his base at the event. She cautioned the other hosts not to underestimate that, despite the president’s lack of a novel message to voters.
“Sometimes it’s not just that they love Trump so much, it’s that they hate the same things Trump hates. That’s what’s going on,” said McCain.
As Behar asked repeatedly, “Who do they hate?” McCain grew frustrated, feeling as though Behar was attacking her.
McCain went on to describe herself as the show’s “sacrificial Republican,” and when Behar responded with a sarcastic-sounding “aww,” McCain shot back, “Oh don’t feel bad for me bitch, I’m paid to do this, okay. Don’t feel bad for me.”
After co-host Sunny Hostin admonished, “Let’s not start calling each other bitches,” McCain replied, “Oh Joy and I call each other bitch all the time.”
Rosie O'Donnell vs. Whoopi Goldberg
O’Donnell and Goldberg clashed in 2009, when O’Donnell expressed her disagreement with Goldberg’s assertion that director Roman Polanski hadn’t committed “rape rape,” despite having pled guilty to statutorily raping then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1979. Goldberg supposedly sent O’Donnell an “angry letter,” and O’Donnell says she responded diplomatically, writing her own letter apologizing for any hurt feelings.
But when O’Donnell returned to The View in 2014 and offered up contributions to the daytime talk show — like starting the morning meeting a half-hour earlier and covering the Bill Cosby rape allegations — Goldberg shut down her ideas, she claimed. And the tension played out on television, too.
“Some people would say, ‘What’s going on with you and Whoopi?' " O’Donnell recalled in Ladies Who Punch. “I was like, ‘Are you watching the show? It’s pretty much right there.’ I have no desire for a public feud.”
“Whoopi Goldberg was as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally—while I was sitting there,” she continued. “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.”
Jenny McCarthy vs. Barbara Walters
In an excerpt from Ladies Who Punch, McCarthy characterized her 2013-2014 stint on the show as "miserable."
"You know the movie Mommie Dearest? I remember as a child watching that movie and going, 'Holy cow!' " McCarthy said of the biographical drama about Joan Crawford's allegedly abusive relationship with her adopted daughter, Christina Crawford. "I've never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with [The View creator] Barbara Walters," she added.
McCarthy went on to recall moments Walters would allegedly make her change clothes if she didn't like an outfit or felt it didn't complement hers. She also steered McCarthy's role on the show away from pop culture and toward politics, which the MTV alumna wasn't quite comfortable with.
Additionally, McCarthy spoke of a moment from her 2007 appearance on the show, when she spoke about her beliefs surrounding vaccines and her son's autism diagnosis.
"I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me," McCarthy said. "She was screaming, 'How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?' My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck vs. Rosie O'Donnell
The friction between conservative panelist Hasselbeck and outspoken O'Donnell built for months before coming to a head in 2007.
In March of that year, O'Donnell caught heat for telling Hasselbeck, "Elisabeth, you are very young, and you are very wrong," as they sparred over feelings on the federal government's access to citizens' private telephone conversations. O'Donnell later apologized, writing on her blog, "i love Elisabeth."
A few weeks later, Hasselbeck returned the sentiment. "Politically, we're rivals. That is clear. However, we are personally friends," she told PEOPLE. "We are on e-mail all day long with each other."
On the May 23, 2007, episode, O'Donnell accused Hasselbeck of not defending her against media criticism from right-wing pundits after sharing her anti-war sentiments. The 10-minute fight ended in a split-screen shoutfest — and marked the final straw in O'Donnell's tumultuous eight-month stint on The View. Two days later, ABC announced that O'Donnell had asked to be released from her contract.
A source said that while Rosie was "definitely hurt by Elisabeth," she was also mad at producers for going split-screen with the argument. She later wrote on her blog, "I never tried harder to be friends with someone than I did with [Elisabeth]. But I don't think we ever got there, or anywhere close."
Jenny McCarthy vs. Whoopi Goldberg
"I was able to get a point out in three words — like 'I don't agree' — and that's all I would be able to say. I would be stepped on or interrupted," she said. "To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people's thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood. She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody."
Barbara Walters vs. Star Jones
Details of Jones' 2006 departure from the show were unclear; she told PEOPLE that ABC hadn't renewed her contract and she "felt like I was fired." After reading that, Walters said she was "blindsided," according to ABC, and announced that Jones would no longer appear on the show, effective immediately.
Elaborating in the New York Times, Walters said, "They had done a great deal of research, and her negatives were rising. Not so much because of what she did on the air. It was things she did off the air. The audience was losing trust in her. They didn't believe some of the things she said."
In an interview with ABC News, Walters shared that she and her co-hosts knew about Jones' gastric bypass surgery long before Jones was ready to reveal the news, and had to keep it secret — much to their chagrin.
"She decided to have a gastric bypass operation, but then she decided not to tell anybody," Walters said on Oprah. "Then we had to lie on the set every day because she said it was portion control and Pilates. Well, we knew it wasn't portion control and Pilates."
Joy Behar vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck
In November 2008, the two had a bigger spat that raised eyebrows, as Behar doubted Hasselbeck's claim to having once considered voting for Barack Obama.
However, following their heated exchange, Behar told PEOPLE, "We're friendly. The bombastic behavior is all on-camera. It's just like sex. Once it's over, it's over."
Barbara Walters vs. Whoopi Goldberg
In an excerpt from Ladies Who Punch, Jenny McCarthy claimed Goldberg wouldn't let Walters moderate and would often interrupt her co-hosts during the Hot Topics segment.
"It broke my heart when Barbara would shuffle to Whoopi and say, 'Can I moderate, please?' And Whoopi would say no," McCarthy shared, likening the dynamic at the table to Survivor.
Rosie O'Donnell vs. Barbara Walters
When Donald Trump went after O'Donnell after she made negative comments about him on the show in 2007, Page Six reported that the co-host was upset Walters didn't deny the claim quite strongly enough, and said as much backstage.
But a spokesperson for The View told PEOPLE, "From the first day Rosie spoke about Donald Trump, Barbara has been nothing but supportive of Rosie. Whatever happened in the hair and makeup room was only a squabble. It's business as usual. Everyone has moved on."
However, in Ladies Who Punch, author Setoodeh details O'Donnell and Walters' extended falling out, stemmed from tensions on set and the release of O'Donnell's book, Celebrity Detox. Reportedly upset with her portrayal in the tome, Walters arranged to have a portion of the book leaked to the New York Post — asking the outlet to include a psychologist evaluation of O’Donnell’s mental health when covering her memoir.