Jenny McCarthy’s short-lived stint on The View was anything but sweet. In an excerpt of reporter Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, the 46-year-old described her 2013-2014 time on the show as “miserable.”
McCarthy reserved much of her vitriol for fellow panelists Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg. McCarthy said that going in, she figured she and the 63-year-old Goldberg would be pals. “I loved her in Ghost,” McCarthy says. “I’m a fan. I thought I was going to work with the Whoopi that people thought they might know — fun and funny.”
But it wasn’t to be. She said Goldberg would interrupt and talk over people.
“It broke my heart when Barbara would shuffle to Whoopi and say, ‘Can I moderate, please?’ And Whoopi would say no,” McCarthy says.
“People don’t understand,” she continues. “Whoopi can knock over anyone in a debate. Her voice is strong not only in meaning but also in sound. 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.”
McCarthy continues: “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.”
Ultimately, she says, she aligned herself with Sherry Shepherd.