Amid reports that The View co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg are at odds with one another backstage, another one on Friday is saying O’Donnell could be replaced in the near future.
“Rosie and Whoopi are blaming each other for the dip, and they got into it backstage,” a source closed to the show was quoted as saying by RadarOnline.com.
“Rosie told Whoopi that she hogs too much camera time, and Whoopi said that she’ll speak her mind whenever she wants.” The source added, “Then Rosie blasted: ‘I hate you!'”
The source continued in saying that View producers might want to replace O’Donnell with former cohosts Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd. “Their familiarity could be just the thing to generate some positive buzz,” the person added.
However, that claim seems rather unlikely as O’Donnell has been the moderator on The View since 2006, replacing Meredith Vieira.
About a week ago, The New York Daily News–also citing an anonymous source–reported that O’Donnell and Goldberg had a backstage spat over how to cover news items like the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the sexual assault allegations surrounding Bill Cosby.
An insider told the paper: “There’s terrible frustration and there are problems. Whoopi didn’t want to talk about Cosby and Ferguson, Rosie (O’Donnell) did — how could you not? These are topics that are uncomfortable for everyone, but it’s ‘The View’ and it’s their job to talk about topics that might make some people tense.”
A spokesperson from The View downplayed the whole thing.
“This story is mean-spirited and greatly exaggerated by someone who is obviously disgruntled and has some agenda,” The View representative Lauri Hogan told the Daily News. “There was no fight.”
It’s also worth pointing out that there’s been rumors and reports about backstage drama on The View since the show premiered in 1997.E: