Whoopi Goldberg & Rosie O’Donnell are fighting on ‘The View’ already

Rosie O'Donnell

I don’t think anyone will be surprised by this story. Rosie O’Donnell’s return to The View is going about as smoothly as expected. That is, it’s going terribly. Yesterday’s show covered the “Hot Topic” of spanking. Rosie feels passionate on the subject, so she rambled on forever. The segment ran out of time, and Rosie was still talking. Rosie grew angry when moderator Whoopi Goldberg shut the conversation down for a commercial break. Then Rosie decided to throw a tantrum (off-air but in front of the audience). This problem could have been avoided if Rosie didn’t refuse to wear an ear monitor. She would have known the commercial break was coming. Instead, Rosie decided that Whoopi was simply being rude. This happened:

“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***!”

A hush fell over the studio. “At this point, you could’ve heard a pin drop. It was like everything came to a standstill and Rosie finally backed down,” the source explained.

[From Daily Mail]

Yeah, Whoopi shouldn’t have popped off like that. She tried to get Rosie to drop the subject in front of the audience. Whoopi should have kept her cool, but it’s hard to do that with a ranting Rosie in tow.

The source goes on to say that Whoopi has repeatedly asked ABC to terminate her contract because she’s sick of the ongoing changes. Rosie would be fine with that because she wants her old moderator seat back: “She has a definitive view of how she would like the show to go and wants everyone else to fall in line.” It sounds like Rosie is going to make everyone’s life hell on the show until she gets her way. This is so silly, but I don’t know what the show’s producers expected. Rosie has always been a dominant, abrasive personality. She’ll never change. Not that Whoopi has any room to talk. What a disaster.

Whoopi Goldberg

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  1. Abbott says:

    I first read this as Rosie and Whoopi were fighting at a Hot Topic, which would’ve made this story 1000x more interesting.

  2. TheCountess says:

    Have never watched this show, not even for a second. Kathie Lee & Hoda for the win during that time slot!

  3. Jenns says:

    I was off from work last week and caught a few episodes. You could cut the tension with a knife. Poor Rosie Perez–she looks like she is regretting even signing on.

    I do like Rosie and have a soft spot for her, but she is her own worst enemy. She wants to be in charge, but then blames everyone else when things go wrong. At this point, she should just enjoy her wife and kids and stop with all this fighting. As for Whoopi, she has always been terrible on the show.

  4. aims says:

    The show has been HIGHLY dysfunctional for years. They should have just canned it and moved on.

    • The Original G says:

      This. That show has been so over for a very very long time. Let it go, already.

    • Dallas says:

      Of course it is dysfunctional, and even more dysfunctional when you add host who put the “fun” in dysfunction. I have a feeling this will be the last year for The View.

  5. Kiddo says:

    Ooh, I got this one for $1000:

    What are, “Tired and irrelevant shows that no one watches anymore, Alex?”

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Correct! Lol

    • Bridget says:

      Why on earth would anyone expect either Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O Donnell, or Rosie Perez to be experts on current events? Or to put together a coherent point? Yeesh. This is just so atrocious.

      • Bella bella says:

        I haven’t watched the show in years (I don’t have a TV anymore), but I would think Perez brings a lot to the table. She is involved in a number of organizations and outreach programs and is a businesswoman and community activist. She’s often at marches in the NYC area for causes she believes in. On political issues, I’d think she’d be an asset.

      • Bridget says:

        Nothing about Rosie Perez personally. More about them choosing to fill the table with 3 actresses and 1 newscaster.

      • Bella bella says:

        They need a smart comic on that show. Like a female Chris Rock. Politically astute and a keen observer of modern culture.

  6. krastins says:

    Between this and all the Real Housewives shows, why the hell does America like women fighting with each other all the time?

  7. BengalCat2000 says:

    Rosie is incapable of being unbiased. Working with others is clearly not her forte’.
    The View is just terrible.

  8. HBIC says:

    Who knew that “popping off” at someone equated to them being asked to behave?

    What a silly way to describe someone who was trying to calm the situation down by being the adult in the room.

    • supposedtobeworking says:

      I’m with you. Whoopi had every right to draw her boundary when Rosie wouldn’t respect it. Why do women get called out for having lines that shouldn’t be crossed (and this one in the name of professionalism). That is good leadership. Its not Whoopi’s fault Rosie doesn’t know how to respect others.

    • Mingy says:

      I thought the same. Rosie refused to wear the ear-piece (wtf), and wouldn’t shut-up..what was Whoopi supposed to do? She showed a lot of patience, I feel.

    • The Other Katherine says:

      Yep, Whoopi’s response was perfect. Why would it be preferable for her to calmly put up with being bullied? It sounds like what she said worked.

    • mayamae says:

      I’ve watched the show nearly every day since the new season started. I’m not seeing any tension. I’m seeing a shockingly engaged Whoopi (she usually sleep walks through the show), a calm/sad Rosie O (one of her best friends just died), a nervous Nicholle (never worked in this type of format), and a Rosie P who is much better than I though she would be.

      If Rosie supposedly had a fit regarding Whoopi and child abuse, it’s because Whoopi called the football player whipping his four year old’s genitals a “thump”. Whoopi consistently defends a parents right to hit their child. In fact, she defends all celebrities, no matter what. Rosie said she’s able to put aside most celebrity’s history and enjoy their product, except Woody Allen. Yes, Whoopi puffed up and defended Woody Allen. Whoopi’s creed is – “We weren’t there. We don’t know”. She doesn’t even back down at seeing a man knock out a woman in an elevator. It’s inexcusable.

      Rosie has had anger issues in the past. People forget that she had her own show for years and was labeled the “Queen of Nice”. I know she has major depression issues and she seems centered and calm to me so far. I liked Whoopi very well until she came onto The View. In past seasons, she’s been lazy, disengaged, sloppy, and incompetent at transitions and even reading the teleprompter at times. She can be horribly arrogant. At least she actually engages now rather than staring off into the distance while others speak to the guests.

      • Hautie says:

        “Rosie has had anger issues in the past. People forget that she had her own show for years and was labeled the “Queen of Nice”…..

        The media labeled Rosie that. Not her Boss or the employees. Practically everyone who worked on that first Rosie show, told a different story. She was everything… but nice. Rosie has never had the reputation of being a decent person to the employees. Being a unprofessional pain in the ass has kept her off network TV for years.

        Nor does she understand how to be decent to the company that signs her paychecks. So what has she done now… she is once again biting the hand that feeds her…. and she is going to be escorted from the building by security. 🙂

        I just don’t see ABC willing to put up with her for a year until that contract runs out.

      • Bella bella says:

        When Rosie had her own show, I always thought her smile was like a grimace. She always looked angry and unhappy with playing the role of TV host. I don’t have TV anymore and just watch the few shows I like online, so I have no idea what she is like anymore. I would think having a family and coming out would have taken away some of the unhappiness.

      • mayamae says:

        I know she battles a lot of depression. A lifelong friend died a couple of weeks ago, and she seems very affected by Robin Williams and Joan Rivers’ deaths. She’s talked for a long time how losing her mother as a little girl affected her. She had a heart attack a couple of years ago and has gotten more healthy.

        I’m not here to be Rosie’s cheerleader. I like her on the show thus far. She has a true passion for children, and she does amazing things with her charity. She also came out a little earlier than she was comfortable with because she wanted a light shined on Florida’s laws against gay people adopting children.

        I will always take her side over Whoopi when it comes to children. Whoopi seems to be fine with men knocking women out, whipping their four year old’s genitals, and those who just rape, not rape-rape. Therefore, if this incident really happened, I believe Rosie had a right to get worked up. I’m holding back judgment for now.

      • mystified says:

        Rosie’s not only a bully, she’s a bully who likes to play the victim.

        BTW other people lose friends without using it as an excuse to behave like a tantrum throwing brat.

  9. delorb says:

    Of course she’s fighting already. Of course its in a passive aggressive way. Its the only reason she kept her microphone in her hand. That way she can tell the powers that be that she was being reasonable, whereas Whoopi was not. ‘Oh and she used foul language too!’ I’ve seen this sort of thing play out on one job I ‘used’ to have. She’s going to continue to needle Whoopi, until she says something really horrific and gets fired (rape, rape) or she quits.

  10. Lizzie K says:

    I don’t watch this show, but I will always love Whoopi for The Color Purple and Ghost. I also used to love her stand-up (“this is my long, luxurious blonde hair.”)

    I can’t think of anything Rosie has ever done that I enjoyed. She is an angry bully who also happens to be an idiot. (Fire can’t melt steel! Oooooookay.)

    I don’t blame Whoopi at all for telling Rosie to STFU. This would be a better world if everybody told her that.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I like Whoopi too. I actually Rosie too. I think she’s combative because she feels she has to be.

      • Erinn says:

        Eh. She’s always been incredibly combative. I’m not a fan of either woman, really. But Rosie has been pulling this kind of crap for YEARS. It’s her way or the highway. It’s like she’s not capable of getting her feelings out without fighting.

  11. Jill says:

    But hey at least ratings are good.

  12. PunkyMomma says:

    I’ve always thought Rosie had serious mental health issues. Understand, I’m not throwing shade here. What did the producers of this show (looking at you, BabaWawa) think would happen? And Whoopi’s been calling it in for years.

    • Margaret says:

      I am completely in agreement that Rosie has mental problems. She is an explosion waiting to happen. Who on that staff thought she could ever get along with Whoopie? Rosie has to always be the center of attention and is a distraction when others are expressing their opinions. She is definitely high maintenance. I am sure she is so demanding that she gives the rest of the panel and crew nightmares. Poor judgement on the part of those at ABC who even brought her back.

  13. db says:

    Sometimes I think Rosie is actually Alec Baldwin….

    • Blair says:

      YES! Alec and Whoopi remind me alot of one another. I have a soft spot for both but I also think they’re self-sabotaging emotionally immature jackasses. Whoopi is an interesting person but she’s becoming increasingly a curmudgeon and won’t put up with Rosie’s drama. Not gonna lie, I’m very curious to see how this eventually plays out.

  14. aqua says:

    What did you think was going to happen when you put two very strong opinionated women with strong personalities together.

  15. Sal says:

    I didn’t mind either women until Rosie said 911 was faked and Whoopi made that ‘rape-rape’ comment. I lost a lot of respect for both of them, especially Whoopi. Sometimes it really is best if you don’t get to know celebs (well, as well as you can on a talk show that is) that you admire well. It really bursts your bubble. Best to just keep them as movie heroes.

  16. lisa says:

    they should set fire to that set then throw salt on the earth so nothing can ever grow there again

  17. Sunny says:

    Of course they are. That’s how you get better ratings!

  18. anne_000 says:

    I don’t blame Whoopi for finally getting upset. She repeatedly told Rosie that they’ll talk about it later on after the show which is a rational solution for grown-up adults. But Rosie kept using the microphone to trash Whoopi in front of everybody in the studio, including the audience.

    DM says Rosie is unhappy that she’s not the official moderator and refuses to wear the ear monitor. She knew that Whoopi gets instructions from the director about commercial breaks, so she knew it’s not Whoopi’s fault. Rosie had a talk show for years, so she knows about how it is.

    DM reported that Rosie was doing test segments with herself as the official moderator with two new members and without Whoopie & Rosie Perez.

    So is Rosie going to be the official moderator without the ear monitor? Or is her refusing to wear it while Whoopi has that position another way to get ammo to attack Whoopi to make it a difficult enough work environment in order to force Whoopi to volunteer to give up that position? It is part of Rosie’s strategy?

    Rosie’s just an immature bully.

  19. Amy says:

    Before my aunt started working at MTV in the 80s (so right after the network was founded in 1981) she worked for Rosie for awhile. This was before her 90s Rosie talk show and before people really knew who she was. My aunt reported she was rude and nasty to her staff and really difficult to work with. I have no sympathy for The View producers. It is well documented Rosie is a bossy, mean person who wants to be the center of attention. It ended horribly the first time she was on the show, why put her back on again? She’s probably doing it for the money, why is the network using her for? Just ratings or they were desperate?

  20. dlo says:

    IMO Rosie oDonnell’s opinion is not any more valid than mine is and I can voice mine without being a bully and without trashing everyone else’s opinion. I will not watch ANYTHING with this bully in it

  21. Kim says:

    I can’t believe the view is still on the air.Both Rosie and Whoopi r rude and talk over anyone if they don’t agree.They deserve each other.