Following this week’s release of the tell-all book “Ladies Who Punch,” which dished about alleged conflicts between “The View” co-hosts, Sherri Shepherd is describing her tenure as “the best experience of my life.” But her time on the show wasn’t without tears.
Shepherd, a host of the ABC morning show from 2007 to 2014, told Entertainment Tonight Tuesday that she “cried for three years straight” due to “a very tough taskmaster who I love her to death. It’s Barbara Walters.”
But as Shepherd sees it: “Barbara Walters was tough on the people that she loved, and she helped me find my voice.”
“So I will forever be indebted to Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Jenny McCarthy for the time that I had on ‘The View,'” Shepherd added, “because what I have now is because of ‘The View.’ “
“Ladies Who Punch” depicts a confrontation between Walters and Rosie O’Donnell, a backstage meltdown from Hasselbeck as a reaction to Walters’ on-air treatment and more contentious moments.
“When they were at ‘The View,’ some people had some not-so-great experiences, and some people had really wonderful experiences,” Shepherd told ET. Though she admitted having “some fights on the show,” which she chose not to talk about, she said, “From my end, it was the best experience of my life.”
As of Tuesday, Shepherd said she hadn’t read the book but had read stories about some of its content.
“I read some stuff and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot. Oh OK. That’s crazy. Hey Jenny, why’d you say that for?’ OK,” Shepherd said. “But, you know, everybody has their own interpretation of how it happened when they were there.”
In the book, McCarthy, a host from 2013 to 2014, said it was “the most miserable” she’d been on a job in all of her time in the industry.
She recalled her resulting stress after the show wanted her to dive into politics.
“I panicked because I don’t consider myself a political person. … I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy made an effort to avoid Walters, who she said scrutinized her outfit choices. “When I’d hear the shuffle of her feet, I knew that Barbara was after me,” she said in “Ladies Who Punch.” “It would get faster. Oh my God – she’s coming! Based on the speed of the shuffle, I would hide or get on the phone.”
However, McCarthy said she has “zero hard feelings” toward Walters, explaining: “I loved her like a grandma. She didn’t know any better.”
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