Barbara Walters And Jenny McCarthy Had A Rocky Relationship On The View


As any viewer of “The View” knows, there’s no shortage of controversy and fighting it out on-screen. And as it turns out, that pugnacious attitude and awkwardness often spreads behind then scenes, and Barbara Walters and Jenny McCarthy were no exception. 

As McCarthy wrote in her book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View'” (via Vulture), she actually began to fear Walters. “You know the movie Mommie Dearest?” McCarthy asked, referring to the 1981 psychological drama which depicts actor Joan Crawford as manipulative and extremely violent. “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.” Evidently, the two did not get along on-set, and this even began years before McCarthy was an official co-host. She first appeared on “The View” in 2007, where Walters reamed her backstage before the episode even began, on account of her vaccine skepticism. 

“I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me,” McCarthy recalled. “She was screaming, ‘How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?’ My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking.” McCarthy said that she never used the word “cured,” but it didn’t matter. Walters continued to castigate her for 7 minutes, until finally it was time to go onstage. McCarthy said she was “terrified.” 

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