Even as the liberal cohosts on ABC’s The View have hounded conservatives as creating hostile work environments for women and minorities, a new book about The View alleges more than 100 examples of a hostile work environment.
“Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh has been working on Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, for three years, and his behind-the-scenes book about the show will finally be released April 2,” reports TV Newser’s A.J. Katz. “St. Martin’s Press is the publisher. Setoodeh conducted 150 interviews for the book and sat down with 11 of the show’s most notable cohosts, including 2014 and 2016 interviewees Barbara Walters, who created the show and held 50 percent ownership of it for some time. Setoodeh told CNN’s Brian Stelter back in December that Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg never agreed to sit down with for the book. ‘Read it and you’ll see why,’ he said at the time.”
Former host Jenny McCarthy is reportedly quoted in the book: “They did try to change me. They wanted Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] back, and I wasn’t Elisabeth. I would literally have meetings before the show of them trying to input opinions in me to go against Whoopi. I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself. Every day I went home and I was miserable. It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my twenty-five years of show business.”