Comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell spilled the tea on her professional relationship with fellow actress Whoopi Goldberg.
In Ramin Setoodeh’s new book Ladies Who Punch, O’Donnell opened up on her time at The View.
The View is the daytime talk show created by journalist Barbara Walters. It first aired on ABC in 1997, seeing several hosts throughout the more than 22 seasons.
O’Donnell and Goldberg are among the famous personalities who have presented the show throughout the years.
The two briefly co-hosted the show between 2014-2015, while O’Donnell hosted the show in 2006-2007 as well, before Goldberg arrived.
‘The worst experience I’ve ever had’
The relationship between the two actresses seems to have been far from being ideal.
O’ Donnell recalled the tensions with Goldberg, saying the colleague was ‘meaner than anyone has ever been’ to her on TV.
‘Some people would say, “What’s going on with you and Whoopi?”‘ O’Donnell recalled in the tell-all book.
‘I was like, “Are you watching the show? It’s pretty much right there”. I have no desire for a public feud.’
She furthermore added: ‘Whoopi Goldberg was as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally — while I was sitting there.’
‘Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.’
O’Donnell revered Whoopi Goldberg before working together
The A League Of Their Own actor also admits she was a fan of Goldberg before working with her.
‘She’s a minority, feminist, smart, funny, groundbreaking legend who is black in America,’ O’Donnell said.
‘I’m never going to not have respect for Whoopi Goldberg. But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally.’