The 58-year-old originally hosted The View for the 2006-2007 season and left after a year before she joined again in 2014. Goldberg joined shortly after O’Donnell’s initial stint and had been on the show for eight years by the time the comedian returned. This time, O’Donnell walked away by 2015.
The two did not get off on the right foot. On her first episode back, O’Donnell upset the 65-year-old when she cut to a commercial when the producers were signaling Goldberg to call the break, but O’Donnell thought that Goldberg missed her cue.
"I didn't know that she saw the countdown…I saw that, and there was a pause, and I said 'well, we'll be right back after this.' And that was the first day, and it was trouble from then on," she explained.
O’Donnell then spoke to journalist Ramin Setoodeh in his 2019 book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Story of The View and said that Goldberg "was mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally — while I was sitting there."
"She was mean to me on live TV," O'Donnell additionally told Stern when asked about the comment. "When people say, 'Well, what happened,' I say, 'Go back and watch [the episodes].' It's not like a mystery, watch the way it went down.
"So I was like, 'I gotta get out of here, I can't do this,'" she said of her reason for leaving. "I'm not fighting with Whoopi Goldberg, I have no desire to."
Earlier this week, Goldberg shut down an argument on The View between Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines when discussing mental health. The talking point was a hot topic after a man killed six Asian women and two other people on Tuesday, March 16, at three spas in the Atlanta area.
While Hostin did not agree that mental health could be an excuse for murder, Haines had a different opinion. Following a heated debate, Goldberg cut to commercial. "Right, now we're going to break," Goldberg said to shut down the conversation. "We'll be right back."