In an excerpt about Jenny McCarthy published this week by Vulture from author Ramin Setoodeh, who penned the upcoming book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, McCarthy slammed the legendary journalist for being a nightmare to work with.
“Every day I went home and I was miserable,” McCarthy told Setoodeh. “It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business.”
McCarthy compared Walters to the abusive mother in the 1981 film “Mommie Dearest” because of the way she spoke to her during a debate about her son’s autism and whether or not it could be cured. That episode occurred when she was a guest on the program, prior to her landing the gig. “I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters,” she said in the excerpt. “One of my heroes just chewed me a new a—hole.”
McCarthy said she passed on a CBS talk show to join “The View” and was initially brought on the show “because they wanted to get rid of politics,” which were considered “very polarizing” at the time. Ironically, the show now focuses on politics and has regained relevancy with constant attacks on President Trump. But long before Trump entered the political landscape, ABC wanted McCarthy to focus on pop culture.
Once McCarthy officially joined the show, she says she was asked to pivot because Walters – who was in her final season – didn’t know enough about pop culture to be part of the conversation.
“She was spacing out. She was checking out,” McCarthy said of Walters. “I panicked because I don’t consider myself a political person… Now I had to figure out, ‘Am I coming out as a Republican or a Democrat? Where do I stand on all the social issues and political issues?’”
McCarthy also told Setoodeh that Walters constantly nitpicked her clothing and fashion choices, often making her change to appease the show’s creator.
“Barbara would check out what I was wearing. If she didn’t agree with it, or it didn’t complement her outfit, I had to change,” McCarthy said. “Mind you, she doesn’t look at anyone’s clothes but mine… I was a human Barbie doll.”
One of the more explosive allegations in the excerpt was a story McCarthy told about flushing Walter’s tampon.
“She’s standing in the hallway where the guests are, yelling at me about a tampon. I don’t know. Maybe in her brain, she went, ‘I’m going to the youngest, newest person here, because obviously she has her period and left a tampon floating.’ This is Barbara Walters. I’m not going to yell at her. So finally I said, ‘I’ll take care of it. I’ll take one for the team and I’ll flush it,’” McCarthy said.