Joy Behar is on a roll, folks. The View co-host caused an uproar over criticizing Miss Colorado’s choice to wear a stethoscope while the contestant explained her experience as a nurse. That said, we bet Miss Colorado isn’t the only person to be personally offended by Joy Behar’s comments.
On Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Behar, who returned to The View this season, compared former two time co-host Rosie O’Donnell to Sarah Palin. So what do Rosie and Sarah Palin have in common? Well, according to Behar, Rosie O’Donnell is like Sarah Palin in that she leaves jobs early.
While on Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen asked Behar if she was surprised when Rosie O’Donnell announced that she was leaving The View again in the middle of last season. Behar joked around in response, “This not the first time she’s left. She’s left before. She’s like the Sarah Palin of television. She quits in the middle of her job! But you know, she’s so rich, and she’s the first person to tell you, she don’t care.”
Although producers hoped that O’Donnell would get into it with Republican Nicolle Wallace, who was fired after one season, it was moderator Whoopi Goldberg who O’Donnell reportedly fought with behind the scenes. O’Donnell left after citing stress on her heart due to personal and professional reasons. Although Behar was away from The View at the time, the co-host saw the writing on the wall.
“I know what a strong personality she has. I know what a strong personality Whoopi Goldberg has. I know what the producers were thinking, and I didn’t think it would work out, and it didn’t.”
Behar and Cohen got into other topics about The View. One of the questions had to do with the show’s creator, Barbara Walters, and if anything annoyed her about the media powerhouse. Behar candidly replied, “She always plugged every little thing that she was doing.” Although Behar isn’t used to holding back, she plead the fifth when asked who was the worst co-host to work with.
So far, Rosie O’Donnell hasn’t responded to Joy’s comments on Twitter, which is where she usually addresses the drama in her life.
Back in July of 2014, Behar said of Rosie’s return to The View, “They’re going for fireworks rather than camaraderie.”
“[W]e had chemistry that everybody seemed to like for a good 10 years. And when Star [Jones] and Meredith [Vieira] left, they changed the show to be a little more political, with Rosie [O’Donnell] and Elisabeth [Hasselbeck]. By the time I left last summer it became goody-goody again. Fluffy. Now they’re going back to confrontation. That’s what it looks like to me.”
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