Rosie O’Donnell Says Whoopi Goldberg Was Meanest Person She’s Worked With On TV ‘Worse Than Fox News’
According to reports, she detailed her experience with Goldberg in Ramin Setoodeh’s book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View. She reportedly stated,
“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. “
While it was no secret Goldberg and O’Donnell weren’t exactly BFFs, their reported feud kept going in 2009, shortly after O’Donnell left the show the first time. O’Donnell said Goldberg was upset with her after she claimed director Roman Polanski didn’t commit “rape rape,” after he pled guilty to statutory rape. O’Donnell said Goldberg sent her a mean letter and said O’Donnell herself remained calm in her response.
“I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings. I have different feelings about it than you. And I stand up for what I believe, but I’ll never bet against you, Whoopi Goldberg.”
Their frenemy status continued when O’Donnell came back to The View for the 2014-2015 season.
At that time, the hosts were sharing their thoughts on the Bill Cosby allegations that he sexually assaulted dozens of women. O’Donnell said Goldberg constantly shut her down to the point she would get asked if they were feuding.
“Some people would say, ‘What’s going on with you and Whoopi?’ I was like, ‘Are you watching the show? It’s pretty much right there.’ I have no desire for a public feud.”
O’Donnell said she admired Goldberg before they sat across the table together for the show.
“She’s a minority, feminist, smart, funny, groundbreaking legend who is black in America. I’m never going to not have respect for Whoopi Goldberg. But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally.”
As previously reported that former The View co-host Jenny McCarthy shared similar sentiments about Goldberg in the book.
“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.”
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