Rumors in recent weeks suggest that The View co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell are in the thick of a set rattling feud, and that O’Donnell’s on set attitude has cast and crew on edge. Blame TMZ for those rumors, by the way.
O’Donnell calls all the chatter ridiculous. “There is absolutely no truth to this,” O’Donnell’s publicist told E! News. “Rosie was thrilled and excited to work with Whoopi.”
Goldberg is saying much the same. Over the summer, she told reporters, “I don’t fight with people, that’s not my way. Quit trying to make me into something I’m not. I’m not a little girl with cat claws. I am not a cat, I am a human being.”
At the center of all the turmoil? Allegedly control of the “moderator” chair on the panel talk show – the chair occupied by Goldberg. TMZ, again, suggests that O’Donnell is unhappy she is not the moderator and is considering leaving the show (or is about to be let go, according to other rumors). O’Donnell’s publicist, though, says O’Donnell has always known Goldberg was the series moderator.
Further rumors and speculation say that poor ratings could have the entire panel replaced next year, as well.