Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell only have a few weeks until they are due to premiere on The View. However, it seems that all is not peachy back at the ranch. Rumors have been sparked in the media which suggest that Goldberg might leave the show due to her ongoing arguments with O’Donnell.
Radar Online reported late last week that, even though Goldberg has occupied the moderator seat for a while now on the show, Rosie wants it back.
An insider told the publication: “It doesn’t matter to Rosie that Whoopi has sat there for the last several years. Rosie doesn’t want to be sitting anywhere but back in her old spot.”
In addition to that little bit of gossip, the insider went on to reveal that in Rosie’s mind she is the matriarch on the show and not Whoopi:
“In Rosie’s mind, this is once again her show. Whoopi won’t be giving it up, and Rosie even suggested they trade seats every other week. It’s all a power trip for Rosie, which is resulting in tension on the staff.”
According to another report, even though Whoopi Goldberg just signed a four-year contact with ABC, she allegedly already wants out.
A source close to Whoopi told reporters that the show is, in fact, holding her back from other aspirations she has: “Whoopi regrets roping herself in like that and is trying to figure a way out. She wants to do other projects and feels network honchos are holding her back.”
Apart from the feud with O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg reportedly dissed the show’s executive producer Barbara Walters, who retired in May. In an outburst, Whoopi was reported as saying: “I’ve been working with a cranky 85-year-old woman who’s been mad about everything for two years, and I need a break.”
Perhaps Whoopi’s comments that she “needed a break” were more loaded than originally thought and that, despite signing a contract with ABC, she can’t take the ongoing arguments with Rosie O’Donnell on the show.
Sometimes, in the world of media hype, it is difficult for the outsider to know if the feuds which erupt from time to time between celebrities are genuine, or a just publicity ploy to improve ratings.
Best to stand back and see how this plays out.