O’Donnell apparently wanted the show to delve deeper into both subjects during the alleged conflict last Wednesday, while Goldberg didn’t want to touch the topics at all, leading to a conflict between the two, reported the New York Daily News. Both the Cosby and Ferguson stories were eventually featured heavily on the show.
“There’s terrible frustration and there are problems,” a source close told the Daily News of the two stars allegedly butting heads over the issues.
“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,” the person claimed.
The incident apparently left fellow host Rosie Perez “in tears,” said the article.
“Rosie (O’Donnell) was yelling at everyone. First, she had a fight with Whoopi and then she had a fight with the producers,” said a staffer with the ABC show, per the Daily News.
Two other sources, however, downplayed the incidents and said O’Donnell is indeed “frustrated” but hasn’t “yelled at anyone for at least a month.”
“These are just two very smart women (Goldberg and O’Donnell) who insist that they need to be able to talk freely about topics that are meaningful,” another insider claims.
A spokesperson with The View, however, said the allegations against the two are “mean-spirited and greatly exaggerated by someone who is obviously disgruntled and has some agenda.”
A few weeks ago, Goldberg addressed the rumors about “drama” surrounding the daytime talk show.
“You get four chicks and people expect you to fight,” Goldberg said on David Letterman’s Late Show.
“Nobody ever asks those questions of the guys,” she added. “You get five guys on ESPN and maybe they’re sniping at each other, but nobody says ‘Aw, the dudes are fighting.'”
As the Los Angeles Times notes, there’s been rumors of tensions backstage since The View started airing in 1997.
Last week, Goldberg defended Bill Cosby–who is facing allegations from more than a dozen women over sexually assault claims–on the show.
She said, “Quite honestly, look, I’m sorry, having been on both sides of this where people allege that you do something — it doesn’t matter now. The cat is out of the bag, people have it in their head,” Goldberg added, referring to accuser Barbara Bowman. “I have a lot of questions for the lady. Maybe she’ll come on.”
Goldberg made the comments on Nov. 17–days before several other women came out and accused Cosby of rape.
Most recently, former model Jewel Allison told the Daily News that he assaulted her after possibly drugging a glass of wine in the 1980s.
“We may be looking at America’s greatest serial rapist that ever got away with this for the longest amount of time,” Allison was quoted as saying. “He got away with it because he was hiding behind the image of Cliff Huxtable….There’s no such thing as America’s Dad. There’s just a man named Bill Cosby. He’s a very sick sociopath.”
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