Speaking with Ramin Setoodeh, author of Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show, she discussed the day that she and many other staff members were let go, including costar Sherri Shepherd and co-creator and former executive producer Bill Geddie.
“I love Bill [Geddie],” McCarthy said Friday about the longtime producer of the talk show. “Bill is someone that I think sometimes got a really bad rap.”
“When it was — I call it the Red Wedding at The View, the day there was like 17 people let go,” she explained about the day that both she and Shepherd were fired, comparing it to the brutal slaughter in season 3 of Game of Thrones. “And then Bill and there was five other producers or something like that. It was a lot of people. … I felt so bad for Sherri and Bill, my heart broke for them.”
Although McCarthy said that she “was only there a year,” she also “knew it wasn’t really my place to be.”
But she felt for Geddie, who created the show alongside Barbara Walters.
“But for Bill, to watch someone like that be kind of shoved out the door after creating the show with Barbara the way they did — the way they handled pretty much anyone’s firing was, I think, unprofessional,” she said, and added, “Terribly unprofessional.”
She also claimed on her episode with Setoodeh that ABC lied to her about keeping her on the show, which resulted her from turning down other work at the time.
“Towards the end of the season, I was getting other offers to do shows, so my agent said, ‘Will you let us know if this is working out, because it doesn’t feel like it is, but let us know because we want to take these other jobs,’ and they said, ‘Yeah, she’s fine, we’re going to bring her back, we love her,’ ” she alleged.
Said McCarthy: “It was all a lie, it was all a lie so we wouldn’t take the next job.”
She continued of Shepherd: “Sherri was also looking at other opportunities. She was renegotiating at the time, so to keep someone — and I even said that to them. I go, ‘I’m a single mother with a special needs kid. Not that that’s a reason to keep anybody, but to keep me away from getting other work when I have other TV offers and I turn them down is really s—ty,’ which I’ve told face-to-face.”
PEOPLE is out to Shepherd’s rep for comment. Walters has not commented on any of the claims in the book. A rep for The View had no comment.
In an excerpt published at the end of March by Vulture of Setoodeh’s book, McCarthy characterized her 2013-2014 stint on the show as “miserable.” The MTV alumna went into detail about working with Walters, the legendary broadcaster who launched the talk show in 1997.
According to McCarthy, she took the job expecting to bring some humor to the Hot Topics segment and even turned down an opportunity with CBS for her own daytime talk show. Replacing Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, McCarthy intended to provide pop culture expertise as the show veered away from politics.
McCarthy told Setoodeh that after she started at The View, she began wondering which version of Walters she’d see every day at the studio: “Hopefully, I get the Barbara Walters who is nice,” she recalled telling herself.
“You know the movie Mommie Dearest? I remember as a child watching that movie and going, ‘Holy cow!’ ” McCarthy said of the biographical drama about Joan Crawford’s allegedly abusive relationship with her adopted daughter, Christina Crawford.
“I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters,” she added.
McCarthy also said that Walters, then 83 and approaching her final year on the show, wasn’t ready to let go. “Imagine a woman like Barbara Walters,” McCarthy said. “It’s her last year and she doesn’t want to leave. Think about that. And I’m the new bitch there.”
McCarthy also claimed that Walters would forget who the celebrities being discussed on the show were, such as Katy Perry. McCarthy said she was told they couldn’t “do pop culture anymore because [Walters] doesn’t know who the people are” and that she was instructed to tackle politics instead.
“I panicked because I don’t consider myself a political person,” she said. “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?’ “
McCarthy said she became increasingly unhappy as the show swiveled back to politics.
“I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself,” she said. “My fans were telling me, ‘Where’s Jenny? They aren’t letting you be you.’ “
“Every day I went home and I was miserable,” she added “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.”
The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.