Jenny McCarthy Compares Working With Barbara Walters To ‘Mommy Dearest’
Jenny McCarthy opens up about her stint on The View from 2013 to 2014 in Ramin Setoodeh‘s upcoming expose, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, McCarthy describes her time on the show to a horror movie.
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“You know the movie Mommie Dearest?” McCarthy says in the book. “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 was a guest host on The View back in 2007, promoting her book, Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism. Walters was upset by McCarthy’s claim of attributing her son’s autism to vaccines and yelled at her in the green room ahead of the taping.
When McCarthy officially joined the show, she was hired to bring more pop culture commentary to the program, but when network execs realized the drop in ratings after Elisabeth Hasselbeck left the show with her conservative views, McCarthy alleged “they tried to change me.”
“They did try to change me. 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 Whoopi,” told McCarthy. “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 twenty-five years of show business.”
Tensions between McCarthy and Walters were at a boiling point. McCarthy says in the book Walters singled her out and made over controlling demands on her.
“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,” said McCarthy. “Mind you, she doesn’t look at anyone’s clothes but mine … She wanted to start dressing like me. There were times when she’d say change, and she’d make people run out and get that dress in her size. I was a human Barbie doll.”
McCarthy also had issues with Whoopi Goldberg. She claims that Whoopi was over controlling.
“Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people’s thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood,” McCarthy added. “She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody.”
Walters and Goldberg haven’t commented on McCarthy’s claims as of yet.