Women of 'The View' -- Then & Now

Andy Cohen also recalls Barbara Walters "[ripping] me a new one" when he appeared on the show.

Years before Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman became the token Republicans on "The View," an unlikely celebrity was tapped to fill the show's right wing void: Jenny McCarthy. Well, at least according to Jenny McCarthy.

Appearing on "Watch What Happens Live" on Tuesday night, the radio host reflected on her time at the Hot Topics table, after a caller asked how she felt McCain was doing on the show.

"I love her on 'The View,'" McCarthy responded. "They needed some, an opposite point of view. In order to be 'The View,' you need different sides."

Jenny was a cohost from 2013-14, alongside Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg. She only appeared on the show for one season.

"When I was on there, it was really hilarious, because they initially had me come on to be the pop culture girl because they wanted to change it and then Barbara didn't know who anybody was pop culture wise," McCarthy told Andy Cohen. "They came into my dressing room and said, 'Can you just act Republican so we have another point of view?'"

"I said, 'How do I act Republican?'" Jenny continued. "Then they figured out how to get a Republican."

Cohen then credited his guest for really having his back when he cohosted the talk show back in 2014, after an embarrassing live TV moment he'll never forget.

"I will say Jenny saved my ass on 'The View.' I was cohosting and Barbra ripped me a new one right as we were going to break," he explained. "Jenny put her hand on my leg and she was like 'this will pass, it's okay.'"

"Welcome to my everyday there," added McCarthy. "Before she ripped you a new asshole, I put my hand on your knee and I go, 'It's okay' and then she started yelling at you. But you did awesome."

Cohen has spoken a little about this incident in the past, revealing that he allegedly offended Walters by suggesting there was a "generational" reason she didn't get the buzz about "American Hustle."

"It was a cold front emanated from my lap and then the second we went to commercial I really knew," he previously told Meredith Vieira. "She wasn't happy and I really felt terribly because she is a legend who I love. I admire and adore her. I sent her flowers the next day, I apologized eight million times. She e-mailed and said all is forgiven."

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