Rumors of fighting backstage at “The View” keep on coming.
This time, a report on Friday is saying that stars Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell were told by ABC executives that they have to reconcile their differences or drastic measures will be taken.
A source close to the show told RadarOnline.com: “Rosie and Whoopi have been told they need to figure out your chemistry and energy and sharing responsibilities.”
The insider added, “They’ve told them, ‘This is your show, so figure it out.'”
The View hasn’t exactly been doing well in the ratings game recently. There have been reports in the past few weeks–including one from the New York Daily News–about O’Donnell and Goldberg having backstage troubles.
“ABC is at point where if it sinks, everybody is going down with the ship,” the insider told Radar. The person said the show could be completely redone, with four new cast members.
But before ABC does anything drastic, the source said that “there are going to be big changes in terms of the tone of show.” The person continued in saying that O’Donnell “will have a bigger role in terms of moderating.”
Last week, TMZ reported that O’Donnell could be fired before the season ends. A source told the site that she appears “depressed” because she doesn’t have a bigger role at the talk show.
However, a spokesperson with O’Donnell stipulated, “This is absolutely false! Whoopi Goldberg has been the moderator since Whoopi was hired and Rosie knew that before she took the job.”
A few days ago, host Rosie Perez described the media reports on alleged backstage drama as “really sexist.”
She said there’s a double-standard for male hosts on other TV shows. “But when we have the same type of heated exchange, everyone is salivating at the desire to see that and put it in a negative light. It’s insulting,” Perez said, according to Closer Weekly.