McCarthy claims there was a "war" between Whoopi and Barbara in a new tell-all.
Jenny McCarthy was only a cohost on "The View" for a year, but she has enough stories from the set to fill a book ... or at least part of one.
St. Martin's Press just released excerpts from "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View," reporter Ramin Setoodeh's book about all the behind-the-scenes drama at the ABC morning show. In the new quotes, published in full over at Vulture, McCarthy gets brutally honest about what allegedly transpired during her time on the show ... and it ain't pretty.
Before she was officially added to the show's ever-changing lineup, McCarthy was a guest to speak about her controversial book, "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism," in which she made arguments against vaccinations.
"I walked into [Barbara's] dressing room and she blew up at me," Jenny recalled of that first visit. "She was screaming, 'How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?' My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking."
It didn't really get better when McCarthy officially joined the team. "You know the movie 'Mommie Dearest'?" she told Setoodeh. "I remember as a child watching that movie and going, 'Holy cow!' I've never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters."
On one particularly embarrassing moment, Jenny claimed Walters demanded she flush someone else's tampon down the toilet in front of the studio audience. She also said Barbara would often tell her to change her clothes at the last minute.
"She's standing in the hallway where the guests are, yelling at me about a tampon," said Jenny, who told Barbara it wasn't hers. "Maybe in her brain, she went, 'I'm going to the youngest, newest person here, because obviously she has her period and left a tampon floating.' This is Barbara Walters. I'm not going to yell at her. So finally I said, 'I'll take care of it. I'll take one for the team and I'll flush it."
Looking back, Jenny said she doesn't have hard feelings toward Walters though. "I loved her like a grandma," she said, "She didn't know any better. Whoopi knew better."
Of Goldberg, McCarthy claimed there was "a war" between her and Walters over Barbara wanting to moderate the show. "The table reminds me a little bit of 'Survivor,'" said McCarthy, who added that it broke her heart when Goldberg would allegedly refuse Walters' requests.
"To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people's thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood," the former host added. "She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody."
Though she said Goldberg could "knock over anyone in a debate" thanks to her strong opinions and voice, McCarthy added that she "Wasn't going to play a kiss ass."
When the pop culture conversations weren't really working, McCarthy accused the show of trying "to change" her into the next Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who often butt heads with her cohosts over politics.
"I would literally have meetings before the show of them trying to input opinions in me to go against Whoopi. I was going to work crying," she said. "I couldn't be myself. Every day I went home and I was miserable. It really was the most miserable I've been on a job in my twenty-five years of show business."
Reps for Goldberg and Walters were not immediately available for comment. "The View" declined comment.