Revealed: Jenny McCarthy Dishes on Her Time on ‘The View’ and the Details are Shocking

Remember that sliver of time when Jenny McCarthy was a co-host on The View? If you need a refresher, McCarthy worked on the show from 2013 – 2014. Her time on The View was brief, but she definitely has some stories to tell.

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Jenny McCarthy gave up the chance at her own show to do The View

McCarthy was hired by ABC as a co-host on The View, leading her to turn down a chance to do her own daytime talk show on CBS. The Masked Singer judge noted that the experience wasn’t quite what she expected, however, calling it “miserable” and sharing stories about Barbara Walters yelling at her.

In an excerpt from the book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, by Ramin Setoodeh, McCarthy calls her experience with Walters on par with the movie Mommie Dearest. She explained: “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.”

Walters was approaching retirement from the show, as McCarthy noted: “Imagine a woman like Barbara Walters. It’s her last year and she doesn’t want to leave. Think about that. And I’m the new bitch there.”

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McCarthy expected to bring humor and pop culture knowledge to the table

Given her background, McCarthy expected that she would interject humor into the show and provide her expertise on pop culture. That idea quickly vanished as she was tasked with talking about politics, which was out of McCarthy’s comfort zone.

According to McCarthy, Walters would forget who the celebrities they were discussing were and she was told they couldn’t discuss “pop culture anymore because [Walters] doesn’t know who the people are.”

She added how stressful that was to her, as switching gears to politics was not an area she wanted to discuss: “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?’”

The situation left McCarthy upset

McCarthy’s time on The View was unpleasant and she explained, “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.’”

She continued: “Every day I went home and I was miserable. It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business. I kicked myself for not taking the CBS job, of course.”

Walters, according to McCarthy, would even criticize her clothing, as she shared: “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… She wanted to start dressing like me.”

She doesn’t have hard feelings about the hostile situation

McCarthy shared that there were tactics to avoid Walters, noting: “When I’d hear the shuffle of her feet, I knew that Barbara was after me… Based on the speed of the shuffle, I would hide or get on the phone.”

Despite the less-than-pleasant experience on the show, she doesn’t hold a grudge, noting: “Look at what Barbara did to me. I had zero hard feelings. I loved her like a grandma. She didn’t know any better.”