Jenny McCarthy explains why she was miserable at ‘The View’ – AOL

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Jenny McCarthy explains why she was miserable at ‘The View’ – AOL

Jenny McCarthy is spilling the tea about her time on ABC talk show The View, beginning with her experience working with executive producer and co-host Barbara Walters.

“You know the movie Mommie Dearest? 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,” McCarthy tells author and Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh in his new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’, according to a press release from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press.

McCarthy also described a time she appeared on the show as a guest, to promote her 2008 book, Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism, in which she wrote about her beliefs that vaccines played a role in her son’s autism. She said Walters “blew up” at her in her dressing room before the show.

The former host, known for appearing on the MTV show Singled Out and for her time as a Playboy model, joined the ABC daytime show in September 2013 and stayed for just a year — one that she described as “miserable.” Although her understanding was that she’d joined the show to inject some humor and pop culture, McCarthy said she was pushed toward filling the hole the departed co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck had filled as the more politically conservative one at the table.

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American MTV presenter and model Jenny McCarthy at the MTV Awards ceremony at the Filaforum near Milan. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Jenny McCarthy arriving at the MTV 20th Anniversary party, ‘MTV20: Live and Almost Legal’ at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on 8/1/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect

Jenny McCarthy during Premiere of Jackass: The Movie at Cinerama Dome in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)

Jenny McCarthy and husband John Asher during The 3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards at The Wiltern Theater LG in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)

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LAS VEGAS – DECEMBER 18: Actress Jenny McCarthy arrives at the LG All-Star Poker Showdown and Party at the Palms Casino Resort December 18, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McCarthy served as one of the hosts for about 50 poker players and celebrities as they competed in a high-stakes poker tournament to win an LG Electronics makeover for their home. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jenny McCarthy during ABC Family Stars Celebrate the ’25 Days of Christmas’ Winter Wonderland Event at The Rock Center Cafe at Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)

LAS VEGAS – DECEMBER 13: Actress Jenny McCarthy at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club 5 Year Anniversary on December 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Actors Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Yes Man’ at the Mann Village Theater on December 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 07: Actress Jenny McCarthy attends the ABC Family’s world record elf party to promote Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe at Bryant Park on December 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Jenny McCarthy attends New Year’s Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 29: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actress Jenny McCarthy (L) and 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg appear at Andrea’s at Encore Las Vegas on March 29, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny Mccarthy attend Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 on December 31, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Roger Kisby/DCNYRE2014/Getty Images for DCP)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Actress Jenny McCarthy hosts ‘Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s EveÓ at Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Host Jenny McCarthy speaks on camera at the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/DCNYRE2016/Getty Images for dcp)

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 02: Jenny McCarthy seen leaving her Sirius XM Radio station on December 02, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Actress Jenny McCarthy arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy attend the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for dick clark productions)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 30: SiriusXM host Jenny McCarthy poses for a photo at the SiriusXM Studios on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Host Jenny McCarthy at Jenny McCarthy Show at SiriusXM Studios on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Jenny McCarthy attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)

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“They did try to change me,” McCarthy said of show executives. “They wanted Elisabeth back, and I wasn’t Elisabeth. I would literally have meetings before the show of them trying to input opinions in me to go against [fellow co-host] Whoopi [Goldberg]. I was going to work crying. 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 25 years of show business.”

Some of the other reasons behind McCarthy’s awful time:

Barbara Walters was constantly evaluating her wardrobe.

“Barbara would check out what I was wearing. If she didn’t agree with it, or it didn’t complement her outfit, I had to change,” McCarthy said. “Mind you, she doesn’t look at anyone’s clothes but mine. There were times when she’d say ‘change,’ and she’d make people run out and get that [same exact] dress in her size. I was a human Barbie doll.”

Whoopi Goldberg had ‘controlling’ ways.

“People don’t understand,” McCarthy said. “Whoopi can knock over anyone in a debate. Her voice is strong not only in meaning but also in sound. I was able to get a point out in three words — like ‘I don’t agree’ — and that’s all I would be able to say. I would be stepped on or interrupted.”

McCarthy added, “I wasn’t going to play a kiss-ass. To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people’s thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood. She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody.”

That time Walters accused her of not flushing a tampon in the studio restroom.

“She’s standing in the hallway where the guests are, yelling at me about a tampon. I don’t know. 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.’”

Walters and Goldberg struggled for power.

The founder of the show and the Oscar-winning actress, who, according to the book, felt she wasn’t being paid enough and was often admonished by Walters for any perceived misstep, often butted heads. One frequent topic: who had the job of leading the conversation at the “Hot Topics” table.

“There was a war between Barbara and Whoopi about Barbara wanting to moderate,” McCarthy said. “This is one of the reasons I decided not to ally with Whoopi. It broke my heart when Barbara would shuffle to Whoopi and say, ‘Can I moderate, please?’ And Whoopi would say no. How can you do this to a woman who paved the way for so many female journalists? The reason we’re doing this job is because of Barbara Walters.”

Walters was denied her request even in her final days of hosting the show before her 2014 departure, McCarthy said.

Reps for Walters and Goldberg did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.

Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’ is scheduled to arrive in bookstores on April 2, but it’s available for preorder now at Amazon.

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