Well it was bound to happen. Put Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell together in the same room and anything is possible. They both possess strong and dogmatic personality types and aren’t afraid to fight for their position to be heard. Of course this has the potential to make for good television which is probably what the producers anticipated, but things can also go left very quickly as they allegedly did last week when Goldberg and O’Donnell exchanged heated words in front of The View’s studio audience during a commercial break.
It all began because O’Donnell was upset that Goldberg had cut her off during a segment. O’Donnell had expressed backstage that she was really passionate about the particular topic being discussed. However, the segment was over the allotted time and they had to go to commercial. Maybe O’Donnell would have known this if she wore an earpiece that connects her to control room, but she refuses.
Here’s what happened next according to the Daily Mail:
‘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.
New member Rosie Perez attempted to break the tension with a joke about how Twitter was going to be off the hook now, but of course it was too late. The audience couldn’t unsee what they had seen, couldn’t unhear what they had heard.
Even more telling is that the powers-that-be at The View aren’t even trying to deny the incident occurred, but downplay it instead. A rep for The View downplayed the situation, according to New York’s Daily News. “They had a misunderstanding and an exchange. They talked it out and they were back to business as usual,” Lauri Hogan said.
Only a few weeks into the new arrangement and there’s already drama and feuding. Pop some popcorn and get comfortable because I’m sure this is only the beginning.