Jenny McCarthy isn't holding anything back about her brief tenure at The View. McCarthy, who was a panelist on the long-running ABC talk show from 2013 to 2014, claims in Vulture reporter Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View, her time at show was "miserable" and described her relationship with legendary journalist Barbara Walters as Joan Crawford in 1981's film, Mommie Dearest.
What set Walters off? According to McCarthy, it was her claims to have cured her son of autism. McCarthy alleges by giving her son Evan, 16, vitamins, behavioral therapy and a vegan diet. McCarthy's treatment has not been sanctioned by the medical community. McCarthy alleges Walters had a heated confrontation with her backstage before the show. McCarthy stated,
“I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me,” McCarthy told Setoodeh. “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 went on and claimed,
“You know the movie ‘Mommie Dearest’? I remember as a child watching that movie and going, ‘Holy cow!’” McCarthy told Setoodeh, referencing the biographical drama about actress Joan Crawford’s allegedly abusive relationship with her adopted daughter Christina Crawford. “I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before, until I worked with Barbara Walters,” McCarthy added.
Ouch! McCarthy also dished there was a "war" going on between Walters and Whoopi Goldberg on who would moderate the show. McCarthy alleges,
"To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people's thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood," the former host added. "She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody."
Whew child! Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View drops April 2.