Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story Of "the View"Book - 20190402
Draws on host interviews and unprecedented access in a dishy backstage tour of the influential morning television show that shares first-person insights into its strong personalities, power struggles and interpersonal dynamics. TV tie-in.
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Like Fire & Fury, the gossipy real-life soap opera behind a serious show.
When Barbara Walters launched The View, network executives told her that hosting it would tarnish her reputation. Instead, within ten years, she’d revolutionized morning TV and made household names of her co-hosts: Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But the daily chatfest didn’t just comment on the news. It became the news. And the headlines barely scratched the surface.
Based on unprecedented access, including stunning interviews with nearly every host, award-winning journalist Ramin Setoodeh takes you backstage where the stars really spoke their minds. Here's the full story of how Star, then Rosie, then Whoopi tried to take over the show, while Barbara struggled to maintain control of it all, a modern-day Lear with her media-savvy daughters. You'll read about how so many co-hosts had a tough time fitting in, suffered humiliations at the table, then pushed themselves away, feeling betrayed—one nearly quitting during a commercial. Meanwhile, the director was being driven insane, especially by Rosie.
Setoodeh uncovers the truth about Star’s weight loss and wedding madness. Rosie’s feud with Trump. Whoopi’s toxic relationship with Rosie. Barbara’s difficulty stepping away. Plus, all the unseen hugs, snubs, tears—and one dead rodent.
Ladies Who Punch shows why The View can be mimicked and mocked, but it can never be matched.
Draws on host interviews and unprecedented access in a dishy backstage tour of the influential morning television show that shares first-person insights into its strong personalities, power struggles and interpersonal dynamics. TV tie-in. Illustrations.
Draws on host interviews and unprecedented access in a backstage tour of the influential morning television show that shares first-person insights into its strong personalities, power struggles, and interpersonal dynamics.
"A page-turning history of The View, one of daytime television's longest running and most lucrative shows, and the soap opera worthy story of the formidable women behind its success When Barbara Walters launched The View in 1997, ABC executives repeatedly told her that hosting the show would tarnish her reputation as a serious newswoman. Ten years later, The View was being watched daily in the living rooms of tens of millions of Americans and launched the careers of Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, ElisabethHasselbeck, and Joy Behar. But the daily chat--fest didn't just comment on the news, it became the news. The women of The View were opinion--makers and power brokers, and no one questioned the show's importance or its place in history. As viewership continued to top the charts, a seemingly endless series of clashes among the stars (and their guests) and a revolving door of co-hosts earned front--page coverage in magazines and newspapers. National headlines chronicled Rosie O'Donnell's feud with Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg's conversations about race, and Walters' struggle to maintain control of it all. Laced with humor and a cast of larger-than-life characters, this is both a timely chronicle of 21st century daytime television and a classic tale about power. With in-depth reporting and new interviews, this story takes readers behind the scenes where these very public figures struggled to balance image, ambition, friendship, and loyalty, while changing television forever"--