“Boy, y’all white people are something else,” Sherri says of Elisabeth’s threat to quit the show.
Four months after its release, "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View" was once again a Hot Topic on Sunday night, after Andy Cohen asked Sherri Shepherd about some of the dirty details in the book on "Watch What Happens Live."
Shepherd was one of the former cohosts who spoke with author Ramin Setoodeh for the tell-all, which spilled some behind-the-scenes secrets on the rotating table at the morning show.
Right off the bat, Sherri told Andy she still hasn’t actually read the book — but doesn’t have to, "because I lived it." From there, Cohen asked her about some of the more explosive tales from the set to come out though Setoodeh’s many interviews with cohosts and crew members.
First, Andy asked about Elisabeth Hasselbeck threatening to quit — and nearly doing it — during a commercial break after taking issue with how Barbara Walters treated her during an on-air debate about the morning after pill. Audio of Elisabeth’s meltdown was later released, confirming the events.
"I was there," recalled Sherri. "Elisabeth was going to walk off, I was like, ‘Boy y’all white people are something else. You’re gonna leave a job?’" Hasselbeck, of course, did not actually walk away from the show, sticking around for another seven years after the 2006 incident.
Sherri was then asked about Rosie O’Donnell saying Whoopi Goldberg was mean to her during their time together. In the book, Rosie said Whoopi "was as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally — while I was sitting there."
For Shepherd, however, Goldberg was "like an auntie" to her. "She’s hard on you, but when she’s hard on you, she expects a lot," she added. When asked if she witnessed Barbara being hard on Rosie, Sherri added, "I never saw Rosie and Whoopi together."
Of Rosie’s admission she had "a little bit of a crush" on Elisabeth — but not in a sexual way — Sherri simply said, "You know, if Rosie got a crush on you, heyyyyy!"
The O’Donnell talk concluded with Cohen asking about Rosie yelling at Barbara for not defending her more during her very public battle with Donald Trump. "I definitely yelled," Rosie admitted in the book. "I said how disappointed I was and how shocked and hurt I was that she wouldn’t stand up for me. I felt very betrayed about her going behind my back and speaking to Donald Trump in Trumpian language. I said something about her daughter, which I should not have said. But I did."
"That was bad," recalled Sherri. "You can’t get in Barbra Walters face. She’s up there with Jesus!"
Other tidbits Sherri shared: She never had issues with Star Jones — and was allowed to make eye contact with her — and the women did believe Gayle King would join the show, but that never panned out.
"Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View" is available now.
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