She Was Brought on to Replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck and...
... "They did try to change me. They wanted Elisabth back and I wasn’t Elisabeth. I would literally have meetings before the show of them trying to input opinions in me to go against Whoopi. I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself. My fans were telling me, ‘Where’s Jenny? They aren’t letting you be you.’"
How Did This All Start?
McCarthy first appeared on The View in 2007 while promoting her book Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism. In this book, she argues that her autistic son Evan’s health improved through a gluten-free diet and with behavioral therapy.
There was Tension Right Away
"I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me. She was screaming, ‘How dare you say this? That autism can be cured?’ My knees were shaking,” McCarthy recalled of Walters “I remember my whole body was shaking. … This lasted for about seven minutes. Finally, someone pulled me out of the room. I went back to my dressing room, not knowing what the f-ck to do. One of my heroes just chewed me a new a--hole and I’m going on live TV. I’m freaking the f-ck out.
Not Making It with Whoopi
"People don’t understand. Whoopi can knock over anyone in a debate. Her voice is strong not only in meaning but also in sound,” Jenny went on. “I was able to get a point out in three words, like, ‘I don’t agree’ — and that’s all I would be able to say. I would be stepped on or interrupted."
Goldberg Was an... Addict?!?
"I wasn’t going to play a kiss-ass. To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people’s thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood. She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody."
But Walters Remained the Worst
Walters supposedly had the final say about what McCarthy wore on air. “We would all show up in the makeup room. 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. Mind you, she doesn’t look at anyone’s clothes but mine,” McCarthy claimed, noting that Walters’ actions may possibly have been a form of flattery.