New Book Quotes Rosie O’Donnell: Whoopi Made ‘The View’ A Painful Experience

Media outlets have received advance copies of Ramin Setoodeh’s new behind-the-scenes book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” and the quotes from the book are already raising eyebrows.
Rosie O’Donnell & Whoopi Goldberg

Media outlets have received advance copies of Ramin Setoodeh’s new behind-the-scenes book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” and the quotes from the book are already raising eyebrows.

Yesterday, outlets reported on frictions chronicled in the book between past co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Openly lesbian O’Donnell apparently admits to a non-sexual “crush” on the very conservative Hasselbeck in the tell-all, which led EH to tell the world she immediately began to pray for the comic.

O’Donnell took to Twitter to clarify the comment and take a slap at Setoodeh with a #raminSUX hashtag:

Today, PEOPLE quotes O’Donnell as saying that, despite the fact that she “revered” Whoopi Goldberg before working with her on the show, Goldberg was “mean” to her.

And not just run-of-the-mill “mean.”

“Whoopi Goldberg was as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally – while I was sitting there,” O’Donnell reportedly told Setoodeh. “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.”

Clashes between the two funny ladies reportedly happened throughout both of O’Donnell’s separate seasons on the gabfest.

In 2009, when Goldberg apparently asserted that director Roman Polanski hasn’t committed “rape rape,” although he’d pled guilty to the charge in 1979, O’Donnell pushed back.

That resulted in an “angry letter” from Goldberg to O’Donnell. O’Donnell reportedly wrote back writing, “I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings. I have different feelings about it than you.”

She told Setoodeh she closed with, “And I stand up for what I believe, but I’ll never bet against you, Whoopi Goldberg.”

When O’Donnell returned to the talk show in 2014, she apparently clashed several times again with Whoopi with suggestions like beginning meetings earlier and covering the Bill Cosby sex scandal allegations. Goldberg reportedly shut down all of O’Donnell’s ideas.

That said, O’Donnell does still see Goldberg as a force to be reckoned with.

“She’s a minority, feminist, smart, funny, groundbreaking legend who is black in America,” said O’Donnell in praise of the Oscar winner in the book. “I’m never going to not have respect for Whoopi Goldberg.”

“But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally,” O’Donnell concluded.

Expect more gossipy bits in the upcoming Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View”. Release date April 2.

Whoopi Rips Smug Jeanine Pirro: “What I Suffer From Is The Inability To Figure Out How To Fix” Trump

So, I had more people reach out and ask if I’d seen this wild and wooly clash between Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro (who’s so far up Donald Trump’s backside to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions she can’t breathe) and The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg.

And its everything people told me it would be.

Via USA Today:

“You suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome,” Pirro said, pointing at Goldberg. The term, which stemmed from “Bush Derangement Syndrome,” has been used by Trump supporters to suggest that those who do not support the president are unable to think clearly and logically about the state of the country.

“Let me tell you what I have,” Goldberg began. “I’m tired of people starting a conversation with ‘Mexicans are liars and rapists.’ I’m 62 years old. There have been a lot of people in office that I didn’t agree with. But I have never, ever seen anything like this. I have never seen anybody whip up such hate. I have never seen anybody be so dismissive.”

She continued: “Clearly, you don’t watch the show, so you don’t know that I don’t suffer from that. What I suffer from is the inability to figure out how to fix this.”

Goldberg then attempted to switch topics to the “deep state.” Instead, a shouting match erupted as both women debated what is most horrible about the country today: Pirro claimed those entering the country illegally were killing U.S. citizens; Goldberg countered that the president’s rhetoric was inciting violence toward minorities.

“Say goodbye. Bye. I’m done,” Goldberg said, ripping up her cue cards.

Whoopi don’t suffer fools lightly, kids.

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