During a 2016 “Larry King Now” appearance, Joy Behar talked about how “The View” initially had the perfect mix of co-hosts. She explained Barbara Walters “happened to get the right combination of people,” noting that’s not easy to accomplish. “She had that,” Behar detailed, “and then it got disrupted,” referencing both Star Jones and Meredith Vieira’s departures, as well as the addition of Rosie O’Donnell in 2006. Prior to O’Donnell, Behar felt everyone except Walters was “all on the same level of fame and fortune.” O’Donnell, however, already had a fair amount of fame and star power. “It tipped the balance,” Behar expressed gratitude for O’Donnell’s existence. “It then became, as Barbara said, ‘Diana Ross and the Supremes.’ And that doesn’t work,” Behar revealed.
In 2017, O’Donnell and Behar appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” Behar admitted she had been “unmoored” after Meredith Vieira left and the year O’Donnell was on “The View” was hard. O’Donnell mentioned she didn’t get along with Bill Geddie, the co-creator and then-executive producer on “The View.” During their time with Cohen, Behar and O’Donnell discussed the May 2007 on-air battle between O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. O’Donnell and Hasselbeck fought when O’Donnell made split-screen. This was something O’Donnell had never done before. Behar recalled wondering, “Why don’t they go to commercial?” and O’Donnell agreed that would have been a better move. After that explosive episode of “The View,” O’Donnell walked off and didn’t return that season.