Why Jenny McCarthy Didn’t Like Working With Whoopi Goldberg on the View

TV feud warning! It turns out that Jenny McCarthy wasn’t Whoopi Goldberg’s biggest fan back when she could still call her a co-star. In case you’ve forgotten, McCarthy and Goldberg co-starred on The View from 2013-2014, during which time it seems like they never really considered each other close friends. In fact, it sounds like McCarthy wasn’t a fan of working with the “Sister Act” star at all. And she’s not the only one.

Journalist Ramin Setoode delved deep into the well-documented drama The View in his 2019 book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, in which he claimed Goldberg had more than just McCarthy misguided grated. Rosie O’Donnell shared her take on working with the star on the pages and claimed she too felt the actor’s allegedly icy demeanor. In fact, O’Donnell even went so far as to sit next to Goldberg on The View’s desk: “The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.” Ouch.

But what exactly seems so negative about so many of her co-stars?

Jenny McCarthy felt interrupted by Whoopi Goldberg

Back to that bombshell book for a second, because that’s where Jenny McCarthy got candid about what it’s really like working with Whoopi Goldberg. The Masked Singer judge claimed in Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View that Goldberg had a very powerful presence on the show that was hard to top. Or talk by. Or be heard. “I could make a point in three words – like ‘I disagree’ – and that’s all I could say. I would get kicked or get cut off,” McCarthy claimed. “To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people’s minds, their words, the room, the table, their feelings, their mood. She had an addiction to controlling everything and everyone,” she added, claiming she wasn’t about to kiss the actor because of her own strong personality. McCarthy went on to compare her time at The View table to Survivor and suggested there was an ongoing power struggle between Goldberg and Barbara Walters over who would host.

While it’s not clear how deep the drama between McCarthy and Goldberg really ran, fans noticed that the latter was noticeably absent when the show said goodbye to the former and Sherri Shepherd during their final live sit-down in August 2014. Why was it MIA? A rep told E! News Goldberg had other work commitments that prevented her from participating in the farewell episode.

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What Whoopi Goldberg thought about Jenny McCarthy

So now we know what Jenny McCarthy had to say about working with Whoopi Goldberg, what does the latter actually think of the former? Well, we know she didn’t take part in McCarthy’s last live episode, but other than that, Goldberg has actually been pretty quiet when it comes to McCarthy’s claims. The star appeared to remain silent about the allegations, at least publicly, although we know the actor is more of a fan of breaking things up behind closed doors if necessary. “If I’m going to fight you, I’m not going to fight you publicly,” she told Vulture in 2020, claiming that if she has a problem with someone, she prefers to take it behind closed doors.

However, it also seems that Goldberg doesn’t care too much about all of the controversies she’s courted on the talk show over the years. “I never thought I’d get in as much trouble as it seems. You have to be prepared for half the country to hate you every day,” the Ghost star confessed to E! News from 2007 about what The View was really like. “It’s a lot to carry, but that’s why I try not to look back.”