In this corner we have Whoopi Goldberg the lead host of The View who despite her last name has never been Jewish, in the other corner we have Rosie O’Donnell once thought of as a nice talk show host but long ago revealed to be an angry woman in love with her own clippings. That was the nasty showdown on the set of The View last Thursday when the show’s moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-host Rosie O’Donnell got into a heated spat in front of the studio audience.
According to the UK Mail, Rosie was upset because Whoopi cut her off on a ‘Hot Topic’ subject that O’Donnell indicated she was passionate about backstage before the show. The segment ran out of time and Whoopi had to cut to a commercial.
Doing a once a week radio show I can vouch for the difficulties of making a break on time.
The segment was running long, so producers told Whoopi it was time to go to commercial break in her ear. But queen Rosie refuses to wear an ISD monitor in her ear so the control room is unable to speak to her.
Apparently even before this incident there was tension between the two, Rosie wants to be the moderator and Whoopi wants out. She is not happy with the new View
Rosie took Whoopi’s break to commercial personally. Whoopi told her that if she had an ear monitor, she would have known what was going on. When Whoopi did the abrupt cut to commercial, when Rosie let loose, the insider said.
‘As soon as they went to commercial break, Rosie took the handheld microphone that they use to engage the audience,’ explains the tipster.
‘Instead of talking to the crowd, Rosie spoke directly to Whoopi in the mic that she “hurt my feelings,” and that she was “very upset by it” and “didn’t appreciate” what Whoopi had done.’
Standing to the side without a microphone, Whoopi responded by saying: ‘This isn’t the time for this, Rosie.’
Instead of moving on, O’Donnell continued to gripe openly in front of the audience in the microphone about what she perceived as an on-air snub.
Well I just don’t appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don’t want to have to go through this,’ O’Donnell continued.
Goldberg, looking annoyed, shot back: ‘I said this was not the time Rosie.’
Not phased by the Oscar winner’s petition to leave matters alone until after the show, the 52-year-old comedienne continued to vent about Whoopi’s actions.
The View moderator then fired back to Rosie: ‘F*** it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don’t want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I’m really sick of your s***!’
Finally queen Rosie backed down,’
New co-host Rosie Perez then jumped up and made light of the moment, ending the quiet that had fallen over the room.
‘Oh s***, Twitter is going to be off the hook now,’ Perez quipped, causing the crowd to laugh. ‘They’re about to get it,’ she continued.
Producers hurried over to the two ladies with notes and information regarding the next segment and when the show returned live, it was as though nothing had gone wrong.
Rosie’s actions are not surprising, she was a prima donna during her first go-round at The View, why would she be any different this time? The only thing that will keep her in line is the fact that Whoopi is stronger and more grounded than her.