BARBARA WALTERS was welcomed back on “The View”– by everyone but WHOOPI GOLDBERG!
The show’s outspoken moderator was a no-show when 83-year-old Barbara returned after being out six weeks due to her much-heralded fall and surprise case of chicken pox.
“Whoopi was not happy that Barbara got hurt, but she sure was happy that Barbara wasn’t at the studio either,” a show insider told The ENQUIRER. “Whoopi has grown tired of Barbara’s negative critiques and trying to micro-manage every little thing the women say.”
BARBARA WAS HOSPITALIZED ON JAN. 19 AFTER fainting and cutting her head during inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C. The news legend needed six stitches, and doctors soon discovered that she was also suffering from chicken pox. She was ordered to stay home and rest in bed for at least six weeks.
After just about six weeks to the day, Barbara returned to “The View” and was gushed over by co-hosts Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck as well as guests, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Regis Philbin.
But Whoopi was M.I.A.
“Whoopi negotiated extra ‘Barbara’ days off in her contract, so when she gets fed up she can take a break to clear her head – or cool off – before she has to deal with Barbara again,” explained the insider.
And she apparently used one of those days off when Barbara returned to the show on March 4.
“Whoopi was annoyed,” said the source, “because the whole time Barbara was on sick leave she still watched the show and sent in her criticisms.”