Rosie O’Donnell has always been one not to hide her feelings about anything or anyone. Yet, what she recently said about her former The View co-star Whoopi Goldberg just might take the cake.
“Whoopi Goldberg was as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally while I was sitting there,” O’Donnell told author Ramin Setoodeh in his new book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View. “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.”
O’Donnell was specifically referring to the time the two spent together at the same table of the daytime talk show back in 2014 and 2015. O’Donnell claims that many of her ideas about the show were struck down by Goldberg before and after the show, and that tension often played out on air.
“Some people would say, ‘What’s going on with you and Whoopi?’” O’Donnell recalls 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.”
But while the two have clashed in the past, O’Donnell still had some nice words to say about the actress.
“She’s a minority, feminist, smart, funny, groundbreaking legend who is black in America,” O’Donnell says. “I’m never going to not have respect for Whoopi Goldberg. But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally.”