Joy Behar learned it the hard way: Don’t make Barbara Walters angry.
Behar, 72, tells how “The View” creator and former co-host Walters, 92, nearly fired her in 2016 for accidentally spilling that Rosie O’Donnell, 60, would be joining the panel of women in the talk show .
In a clip for Hulu’s upcoming special “Behind the Table: A View Reunion” — featuring former co-hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulous — Behar recalled the time Walters called her unexpectedly to say that an Entertainment Weekly writer contacted Walters because she was tipped off about the news.
†[EW] said, ‘Oh, and Rosie O’Donnell is coming on the show. And guess who told them?’” Behar recalled that Walters had told her in their conversation.
“I said, ‘Meredith Vieira?'” Behar told Vieira, 68, Jones, 60, and Matenopoulous, 47, with a laugh.
†[Walters] said, ‘No, you! Joy Behar did. And I want you to know that I am not renewing your contract,” Walters is said to have admonished.
However, the Queens College graduate tried to defend her accidental gossip behind the scenes.
“I said, ‘Barbara, it was just a mistake,'” Behar said. “It was an honest mistake.”
However, Walters apparently didn’t have it and continued to hold Behar sternly.
“‘You’re a loose cannon, and I’m not renewing your contract,'” the mother of one remembers of Walters’ comeback. ‘I said, ‘Barbara, come on! It’s okay here.’”
Walters reportedly continued to say to Behar, “No!” before you hang up the phone.
“For a minute I was stunned,” said the author of “The Great Gasbag.” “I was like, ‘Really? That’s why?'”
Of course, Behar has remained a part of the cranky show since its 1997 premiere.
“Behind the Table: A View Reunion” airs Monday, June 20 on Hulu.