THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Ladies Who Punch reminds us that The View was viral TV before social media even existed. Creator Barbara Walters and her ever-shifting lineup of cohosts discussed everything from Washington scandals to the latest pop-culture trends, bringing their intensely personal—and often loudly combative—political and generational differences to every hot topic. Entertainment journalist Ramin Setoodeh constructs his juicy history of the show’s never-ending backstage drama from exclusive interviews with nearly all the cohosts, including Rosie O’Donnell, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, and Jenny McCarthy, who talk frankly about their personal conflicts.
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Ladies who punch
I’m really not certain what drew me to this book, seeing how I am not a fan of The View. But have watched it on occasion over the years. I very much enjoyed this book and all the juicy details. It’s very well written and held my attention. I would recommend it.
My fastest read ever
I could not stop. This is my fastest read ever. I have always loved the media and strong heroine. The book is a timeline of American media and daytime television of 90s till 2018.
I read this book in two days, and WOW! The juiciest story of a TV show you could ever imagine. This iconic show’s history is brilliantly laid out in this incredibly enjoyable book. A must read!