Rosie O’donnell and Whoopi Goldberg
Add Whoopi Goldberg to the list of “The View” personalities who Rosie O’donnell is probably checked with her revelations in a new book.
O’donnell, 57, struck Goldberg, 63, in “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Story of ‘The View.'”
“Whoopi Goldberg was as mean, if anyone has ever been on television for me, personally, while I sat there,” O’donnell said in the book (via People). “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was the interaction with her.”
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O’donnell admitted that she initially admired Goldberg and was very pleased with the opportunity to work with her.
“She is a minority, feminist, smart, funny, pioneering legend who is black in America,” O’donnell said. “I’m never no respect for Whoopi Goldberg. But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally.”
The beef began, according to O’donnell, in 2009, when O’donnell vocally did not agree with Goldberg on the question of whether film director Roman Polanski was guilty of the rape of a 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. Goldberg famously said what Polanski did “wasn’t rape-rape.”
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In 1977, Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, furnishing a controlled substance to a minor and lewd and lascivious act on a child under 14. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of committing rape, but fled the country in 1978 before his sentencing.
O’donnell left the show in 2007 and returned in 2014. She claimed, in his book, Goldberg would often shut down her ideas and that the stress of the filming of “The View” every day with Goldberg toll on her health.
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“I thought my head is going to explode. My doctor called me and said, “Come now. Your heart rate is during that is dangerous for you. I do not want that you do that show,'” she claimed.
O’donnell left “the View” for good after her six-month stint in 2015, and said that others noticed the tension between the two actors on the set.
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“Some people would say, ‘How is it going with you and Whoopi?'” O’donnell says in the book. “I was like, ‘you watching the show? It is quite a lot.’ I have no need for a public quarrel.”
Earlier this week, O’donnell annoyed fellow “View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck when she said that she “had a little crush” on the conservative commentator.
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A rep for Goldberg not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on her feud with O’donnell.