Ramin Setoodeh's best-selling book explores the behind-the-scenes drama at the ABC daytime talk show

By Aurelie Corinthios
May 14, 2020 03:08 PM
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Former View co-host Abby Huntsman, alongside current View panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin
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A best-selling book about The View is getting the TV treatment.

Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, written by Ramin Setoodeh and published last year, has sold its screen rights to Erik Feig's media company PictureStart, Variety reports.

The tell-all about the behind-the-scenes drama at the ABC daytime talk show will be adapted into a miniseries.

"It started as a bet nobody thought would ever work, but when icon Barbara Walters created The View 23 years ago, she also began a conversation that has not ceased in breaking ground, pulling in audiences and guests around the world and remaining a cultural juggernaut," PictureStart's executive VP of production Ryan Lindenberg told Variety. "Ramin's amazing book is the perfect fodder for an addictive, juicy, wickedly smart and provocative series that will have viewers on the edge of their seats, wanting more."

According to the outlet, the series "will cast A-list actresses" to play Barbara Walters, who created the program in 1997, and her co-hosts.

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Ladies Who Punch, based on over 150 interviews with co-hosts, producers, crew members and prominent guests, explores the backstage workings at the talk show and decades-long power struggles between the panelists, including Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Star Jones and more.

The book was an immediate sensation — but not everyone was a fan. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen about a month after it came out, Goldberg insisted she hadn't read it and didn't plan to.

"I didn't talk to [Setoodeh]," she said. "I didn't care about the book."

Goldberg, 64, said she decided not to participate out of respect for her own professional privacy.

"What happens for me at work, it's not for everybody — it's not their business," she explained. "I don't like talking out of school and I don't like other people talking out of school. For me, you just have to leave it there."