Jenny Mccarthy is opening up about her “miserable” year as a co-host on U.S. TV show The View in a new book.
The former model details her alleged experiences on the talk show from 2013 to 2014 in Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming release, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.
In an excerpt published in Vulture, the 46 year old compares fellow host Barbara Walters to Faye Dunaway’s famously horrifying portrayal of actress Joan Crawford in 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 says in the book.
She claims during an appearance as a guest on the series, prior to becoming a regular, Walters “blew up” at her for maintaining vaccines are what weakened her son Evan Asher’s immune system and led to him developing autism.
“She was screaming, ‘How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?’” she recalls. “My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking.”
McCarthy also accuses Walters of forcing her to change clothing before appearing on air and slams another one of the show’s stars, Whoopi Goldberg, for being controlling.
“There was a war between Barbara and Whoopi about Barbara wanting to moderate,” she says. “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’,” she says.
She adds, “People don’t understand. Whoopi can knock over anyone in a debate. Her voice is not only strong in meaning but in sound. I wasn’t going to play a kiss a**. To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people’s thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood,” McCarthy adds. “She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody.”