Walters also feuded with another co-star on the show, Jenny McCarthy. Walters has not addressed this new revelation yet.
Barbara Walters, who launched “The View” in 1997 and hosted the ABC daytime talk show for 14 years, once threatened to quit over Rosie O’Donnell, according to an excerpt from a new book.
Although Walters, now 89, initially hired O'Donnell back in 2006 to replace one of its original co-hosts, Star Jones, over the course of the following year the pair's relationship reportedly turned sour — with the veteran journalist wanting the comedian out.
“If you re-sign Rosie to this show, [then executive producer] Bill [Geddie] and I are going to quit,” Walters allegedly told then-ABC Daytime President Brian Frons in 2007 over dinner at a swanky restaurant in Beverly Hills, according to Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View" (via People magazine).
Citing the book, the outlet said O'Donnell, 57, reportedly did not get along with Geddie and had also allegedly brought negative attention to the show. The following season, O'Donnell did not return to "The View." She signed on as a co-host for one more season in 2014 after Walters left.