We all knew there were problems on the show but THIS is ridiculous!
Over the past few years, The View has made quite a few headlines but not necessarily for all the right reasons. In a recent piece by Vanity Fair, they recapped some of The View’s problems with production, and seemingly hung out some of their dirty laundry to dry!
Many people are familiar with Rosie O’Donnell‘s feud with Elizabeth Hasselbeck as well as problems with the show’s crew, one instance with a senior producer escalated to the point where the the women had to be separated. But the Vanity piece also reveals that at one point Rosie was being considered for her own talk-show on ABC up until she made the comments:
“In America, we are fed propaganda and if you want to know what’s happening in the world, go outside of the U.S. media because it’s owned by four corporations. One of them is this [Disney/ABC].”
As you can OBVIOUSLY guess, her home network, ABC, was none too pleased with these remarks and the supporters of the idea reportedly backed off.
Along the same lines of tensions with execs, Whoopi Goldberg reportedly refused to speak to producers for a period of time after ABC‘s head of Daytime, Lisa Hackner, seemed to be failing to land any executive producers leading up to The View’s relaunch in 2014.
Ladies, ladies ladies, can’t we all just get along? We’d love it if these women could come together to rationally talk their problems out, but then again, it probably wouldn’t make great TV!
What’s more interesting is the amount of control and power co-creator and former host, Barbara Walter‘s had over everything — and without her, the show seems to be in constant turmoil.
When Walters was still on the show, she was said to have a massive amount of control, to the point where in one instance she re-wrote all the questions that the panelists asked President Obama back in 2010 and chose the order of the questions. One former producer even said of her:
“There was a certain imperiousness, as you’d expect├óΓé¼ΓÇ£[Walters] was a living legend. She was well respected. Beloved might be too strong a word.”
You can imagine that much power can’t be as easily managed when she’s not on-set with her co-hosts. But Walter’s apparently still watches the show every single day and will call the control room when she sees a segment start to get off track! Walter’s still sends regular e-mails to producers regarding how they can make the show better too.
It seems like a tough situation having tensions so high on set while being managed by a woman who supposedly stepped down. But if there’s a way, we’re sure Barbara will get things back on track!
[Image via ABC.]