Jenny McCarthy's time on The View was like a 'horror movie'

Lawrence Kim
March 21, 2019

She continued: "Every day I went home and I was miserable".

If you need a refresher, McCarthy worked on the show from 2013 - 2014.

"What the hell are you wearing?" "Mind you, she doesn't look at anyone's clothes but mine. I remember my whole body was shaking", McCarthy recalls. She'd try to remind Barbara, "Stores right now have the spring collection". On top of that, McCarthy says Walters singled her out for weird treatment, such as demanding control over wardrobe choices.

Walters, meanwhile, found other issues with McCarthy. So finally I said, 'I'll take care of it. "I would rather be on a show that's established", she told herself.

"There were times when she'd say change, and she'd make people run out and get that dress in her size. I was a human Barbie doll".

McCarthy said she not only had problems with Walters, but Whoopi Goldberg didn't warm to her either.

In the book excerpt, she recalls times where she knew Walters was coming down the hallway and depending on the news vet's pace, the actress would either pretend to be on the phone or "hide".

'It broke my heart when Barbara would shuffle to Whoopi and say, "Can I moderate, please?" She only appeared on the show for one season, after initially being brought on as a pop culture expert.

McCarthy's time on The View was unpleasant and she explained, "I was going to work crying".

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. "If she didn't agree with it, or it didn't complement her outfit, I had to change", McCarthy said. "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". 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. Her hiring was met with heavy criticism related to her vaccine views, though McCarthy says "I consider myself to be pro-vaccine, but pro-safe vaccine" in the book. "One of my heroes just chewed me a new asshole, and I'm going on live TV".

McCarthy was instructed to talk about politics instead, which she says she knew nothing about. "I couldn't be myself". Now I had to figure out, 'Am I coming out as a Republican or a Democrat?

McCarthy claims that Walters, who was 83 at the time, still had good energy but she had complicated emotions as she grappled with the idea she'd be forgotten. "I couldn't be myself. I'll take one for the team and I'll flush it, '" McCarthy said.

Still, she admits to feeling sympathetic for the longtime host.

'Do I side with Barbara, who is royalty, but she's leaving? "To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people's thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood", McCarthy adds. "I loved her like a grandma. She didn't know any better".

A representative for The View did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment. Walters has not commented on the claims.

Her pop culture expertise didn't jibe well with Walters, who once asked McCarthy, "Who is Katy Perry?" after the seasoned journalist interviewed the pop star a week prior, according to the book.

The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.

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