Barbara Walters may have retired from The View back in May, but the television veteran is still having quite the impression on co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
And not in a good way.
While the show has been testing out new members, Whoopi reportedly stormed off the set and voiced her displeasure with Barbara Walters and the situation she created. The incident came as Rosie O’Donnell argued with conservative pundit S.E. Cupp, TMZ claimed, prompting Whoopi to walk off the set and complain that she had been “working with a cranky 85-year-old woman who’s mad about everything for two years, and I need a break.” But ABC is trying to put the kibosh on rumors of a Whoopi Goldberg-Barbara Walters feud. The network told E! News that the reports were “absolutely absurd” and that the story was nothing more than rumor mongering.
“Someone has tried to stir this pot before. This is absolutely absurd. Whoopi is a consummate professional and has an enormous amount of respect for Barbara with whom she has a professional and personal relationship,” the rep tells E! News in a statement. “Unless you were there and heard it first hand, this is nothing more than mean and hurtful rumor.”
The View has been embroiled in plenty of controversy lately with the sudden departures of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Both were abruptly dropped from the show, and producers are still in the midst of looking for replacements.”Chemistry tests were conducted yesterday with Whoopi and Rosie O’Donnell. No decisions have been made and there is nothing to announce at this time,” an ABC representative told E! News. The show has already announced the return of O’Donnell, who famously left the show in 2007 after a heated argument with then co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
While The View continues its search for replacements, Barbara Walters said she is looking forward to her retirement. Walters, who launched The View back in 1997, said hosting the popular show was quite a step from the beginning of her career.
“When I became the first woman co-anchor of a network news program, I was vilified. That did hurt me. I thought my career was over,” she said in an interview with AARP magazine. “No one wanted a woman, and they certainly didn’t seem to want me, and I had a co-host [Harry Reasoner] who really didn’t want me.”
But now Barbara Walters said she is looking forward to her departure from The View, and will be enjoying the ability to sleep until 9 am.