Rosie O’Donnell had to work hard to avoid beefing with Whoopi Goldberg on “The View”.
This is the latest revelation from Ramin Setoodeh’s new book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View”. O’Donnell says Goldberg was “meaner than anyone has ever been” to her on the show, according to People.
The two were at odds in 2009 over Roman Polanski. Goldberg asserted Polanski had not committed “rape rape.” O’Donnell vehemently disagreed, after all, Polanski pleaded guilty in 1979 to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.
Goldberg is said to have sent O’Donnell an “angry letter.” O’Donnell tried to reply “diplomatically,” the publication notes. “I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings,” O’Donnell responded. “I have different feelings about it than you. And I stand up for what I believe, but I’ll never bet against you, Whoopi Goldberg.”
Apparently, that did little to smooth things over. O’Donnell said Goldberg repeatedly shut down her ideas once they returned to the show. “Some people would say, ‘What’s going on with you and Whoopi?’“ O’Donnell recalls. “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 added. “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.”