Staffers at The View got an eyeful – and earful – when co-host Rosie O’Donnell exploded at a producer.
“She accused [him] of leaking information to the media,” and insider says about the Jan. 14 outburst. “It was an intense screaming match. It got heated!”
The argument is just one example of the tension simmering behind the scenes of the daytime talk show.
After 17 years on the air, the program – founded by Barbara Walters as a place to discuss hot-button issues – has issues of its own. It’s suffering from ego clashes, burnout and a panel of hosts who haven’t gelled with each other or appealed to the show’s audience.
Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez and Rosie O'Donnell on 'The View,' on Oct. 29, 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty)
“The show is at a crossroads,” says an insider. “It’s just troubling all the way around.”
The program’s trouble began in May 2014 when Barbara, now 85, retired. She was “the glue that held the panel together,” says the insider. Now that she’s gone, tiffs often turn bitter.
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Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, 59, and Rosie, 52, “go at each other, and then when the show breaks for a commercial, they’re like two boxers who go off into their own corners,” says a ‘View’ associate.
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