The former cohost, who joined the panel for just one season from 2013-2014, opened up about what she considers the "unprofessional" way she, Sherri Shepherd, the show's co-creator and a number of other staff members were all let go on the same day as "The View" cleaned house.
Speaking about the day the axe fell at the show, McCarthy explained, "I love Bill. Bill is someone that I think got a really bad rap. When it was -- I call it the Red Wedding at 'The View,' the day there was like 17 people let go -- it was a lot of people and Bill, I remember, I felt so bad for Sherri and Bill, my heart broke for them." Bill Geddie is the co-creator and former executive producer of "The View."
"I was only there a year, I knew it wasn't really my place to be," she continued. "The way they handled everyone's firing was, I think, unprofessional. Terribly unprofessional."
Agreeing with Setoodeh that her firing was "very shady," McCarthy explained she had been told not to accept other job opportunities because the show would be renewing her contract. But that didn't happen.
"Towards the end of the season, I was getting other offers to do shows, so my agent said, 'Will you let us know if this is working out, because it doesn't feel like it is, but let us know because we want to take other jobs,' and they said, 'Yeah, she's fine, we're going to bring her back, we love her.' It was all a lie, it was all a lie so we wouldn't take the next job."
"I even said that to them, I'm a single mother with a special needs kid -- not that that's a reason to keep anybody -- but to keep me away from other work when I have other TV offers and I turn them down, is really shitty," she said. McCarthy's son Evan has autism.
While the topic of Rosie O'Donnell came up, McCarthy said she could relate to Rosie's alleged frustrations with Whoopi Goldberg, who could be tough as the show's gatekeeper in the moderator seat.
"That was one of the hardest things about 'The View,' was not being able to put your point forward," said McCarthy. "I will say Whoopi would throw to commercial break just as you wanted to make your point of view and she had a very dominating voice, not only sounding, but it's scary, almost like fierce, you don't want to f--k with her."
"And it's also Whoopi Goldberg, she had that same prestige as Barbara Walters," she added. "But when someone's in control of a panel, of a debate, you don't have much choice but to follow the person."
Though Jenny talks about some of her alleged drama with Barbara in the book, she also wanted to make it clear on her radio show that she had "so much respect" for the legendary reporter. "On the top of my show today, I said I loved her and you can adore someone and be terrified of them at the same time," she added.