Ladies Who Punch

Ladies Who Punch

Like Fire & Fury, the gossipy real-life soap opera behind a serious show. When Barbara Walters launched The View, network executives told her that hosting it would tarnish her reputation. Instead, within ten years, she’d revolutionized morning TV and made household names of her co-hosts: Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But the daily c...

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Title:Ladies Who Punch
Author:Ramin Setoodeh
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Ladies Who Punch Reviews

  • Tara

    Everything and more I could want in a book! I’ve always felt very proud that I could I say I watched the Rosie/Elisabeth fight live on television. I knew it was history making. I think this guy needs to write a tell on Rosie O’Donnell’s whole life next. I could read about her all day. I think she’s a genius but with genius often comes crazy. It’s amazing how he got so many of them to be so open and candid with him, he has a gift. I hope he does a follow up book in a few years. Someone needs to h

    Everything and more I could want in a book! I’ve always felt very proud that I could I say I watched the Rosie/Elisabeth fight live on television. I knew it was history making. I think this guy needs to write a tell on Rosie O’Donnell’s whole life next. I could read about her all day. I think she’s a genius but with genius often comes crazy. It’s amazing how he got so many of them to be so open and candid with him, he has a gift. I hope he does a follow up book in a few years. Someone needs to hire him to do an exposé (after the Rosie book) about the Today Show. I know he can get the good dirt.

  • Sabrina Fonfeder

    Perfect. Absolute bliss. Wish it were twice as long.

  • Ira Madison III

    The power that this book has... the international implications that this book has...

  • Susan

    Holy cow!!! So much to wrap my head around! This book is exactly why I don't watch The View anymore!😂 So much juice and I loved learning about what really happens behind the scenes but wow......total toxicity!!

  • Mel

    I wonder if Barbara Walters and longtime sidekick Bill Geddie sought out the opinion of a personality psychologist prior to presenting the world with Barbara's dream baby,

    .

    I'm convinced that on some level, the many implications associated with her dream show and the unintended consequences were not only predictable, but exa

    I wonder if Barbara Walters and longtime sidekick Bill Geddie sought out the opinion of a personality psychologist prior to presenting the world with Barbara's dream baby,

    .

    I'm convinced that on some level, the many implications associated with her dream show and the unintended consequences were not only predictable, but exactly the kind of very close to the edge entertainment Walters wholeheartedly wished for when she wrapped up her opening remarks with the ominous caveat,

    A little piece of inner-voice verbal monologue? or a curse cackled by the aging mother hen? Either side you align with, some strong arguments for both strategies follow in

    .

    Setoodeh's hot new tell-all is [no big surprises] a salacious piece of schmagg that appeals to the catty inclinations most of us deny having. Pure Schadenfreud-y fun. Just the kind of petty nastiness that whets our appetites and allows us to wickedly pick at the cadre of icons and lesser-known beautiful rich people that buy their kids' way into colleges, escape legal justice, or host a powerful daytime TV series.

    Pre-release marketing front-end loaded the heck out of this, ensuring the book would be snapped up by dangling juicy morsels before the public, like the sound bites of Elizabeth Hasselbeck's blitzkrieg of F-bombs, ranted while the co-host walked off the set after being chastised on-air by Queen Babs. "She has me swearing and I don't even swear!!" Huffs the unsuspecting Hasselbeck, still wired for sound and shredding her cue cards. Of course afterward, the beneficent Barbara hugs her tightly, smiling even tighter. A fine act of compassion and concern worthy of an Oscar after the frequent explosive commercial breaks that provided gloves-off combat on the set for those few minutes. I keep thinking of betta fish.

    And there is plenty more *dish* that shows just what goes on behind the scenes where numbers are everything and many inflated egos have to be balanced. It was a brutal gig. Considering the unflattering stripdown suffered by each host that has occupied one of those very hot seats, Jim Morrison may have coined the best theme song,

    (or at least unscathed). "Five to one"...

    The author/journalist deserves credit. Setoodeh dishes with attention to objectivity, sharing details and observations free of judgments. He is direct; he doesn't analyze nor does he shy away from the insider stories he shares. Star Jones' wedding fiasco - where greed went rampant, the EGOT Goldberg - who showed a not so humorous side when she came to the defense of Bill Cosby to the very end, Rosie O'Donnell's struggles with depression and later with Trump, and Barbara and Bill as co-creators and executive producers, or Judge and Executioner. Barbara Streisand demands to be filmed from a certain side; Faye Dunaway wants naps and exercise equipment; Star demanded no eye contact from employees. Just the facts as told by 5 "very different ladies with very different views."

    As one would expect, as any therapist would have warned, there were casualties: feelings are hurt, offended, ignored, rebuffed, cut-off, snarled and growled at both on air and behind the scenes. After the string of ever-changing co-hosts came and went it was undeniable that there was an undercurrent of a dream turned nightmare.

    seemed less than fun day as heads rolled. Still today, the atmosphere seems tense, the show balancing precariously, trying to find the right combination of personalities capable of CIVIL discourse and holding onto the ratings.

    Eventually, the King kills the kingdom or the kingdom kills the King, they say. Maybe Walters should have heeded her own warning, or maybe watched a tank full of Betta fish.

  • Mary Sisney

    I knew that Rosie O'Donnell had mental health problems before I read this book, but after reading it, I wonder about the mental health of several other former co-hosts, including Barbara Walters (who seems to have had mild dementia near the end of her reign) and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I also changed my mind about which co-hosts were the most and least likable. Of the original hosts, Star seemed to be the least likable because of her narcissistic, diva behavior, but in this book, she admits her mi

    I knew that Rosie O'Donnell had mental health problems before I read this book, but after reading it, I wonder about the mental health of several other former co-hosts, including Barbara Walters (who seems to have had mild dementia near the end of her reign) and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I also changed my mind about which co-hosts were the most and least likable. Of the original hosts, Star seemed to be the least likable because of her narcissistic, diva behavior, but in this book, she admits her mistakes and so seems more likable (of course, she cooperated with the writer, so she might also be trying to resurrect her career, maybe even book a return to the "View" table like Joy and Rosie). Joy and Meredith's reputations are unscathed in this book, but Barbara comes off as only slightly more likable than Rosie. Whoopi also is less likable in the book (maybe because she didn't cooperate with the author). The most interesting information relates to the firings. Contrary to what Rosie says in the book, Meredith seems to be the only co-host who left voluntarily. Joy and Elisabeth were fired, and the ratings tanked, which is why Joy is back and Elisabeth would be too if she had accepted the producers' offer. Even Barbara didn't really want to go when she finally retired. Anyone who loves behind-the-scenes gossip will enjoy this book. Trump even makes a few cameo appearances.

  • Cam

    Very interesting read about the behind the senses of the show The View. It was fun going to YouTube and reviewing the footage of thing that were discussed.

  • Chris Sosa

    "Ladies Who Punch" boasts an impressive amount of research and original interview content as it documents one of the most iconic talk shows of all time.

    Unfortunately, the author comes off a bit like Bravo's insufferable Andy Cohen in certain sections. I have no interest in hearing a man describe commentary by the smart and successful women of

    as "bitchy." Being gay doesn't excuse misogyny. This shoudn't need to be explained in 2019.

    That said, the good outweighs the bad here as Ramin Se

    "Ladies Who Punch" boasts an impressive amount of research and original interview content as it documents one of the most iconic talk shows of all time.

    Unfortunately, the author comes off a bit like Bravo's insufferable Andy Cohen in certain sections. I have no interest in hearing a man describe commentary by the smart and successful women of

    as "bitchy." Being gay doesn't excuse misogyny. This shoudn't need to be explained in 2019.

    That said, the good outweighs the bad here as Ramin Setoodeh provides the most compelling and comprehensive account of the show's history to date.

  • Nancy Brown

    Rich women taking themselves and their lives far far too seriously as they contribute to the decline of American discourse.

  • Francesca Calarco

    I must confess that I have a guilty pleasure—and that is psyching people out before boasting that I’m too old to feel shame for liking the things I do. Also, I’m a huge fan of

    . In

    , Ramin Setoodeh tries his darndest to sum up the twenty-year legacy of one of America’s most iconic (and a times iconoclastic) daytime talk shows. For me it falls flat.

    Splitting the book into three equally partitioned arcs, “Barbara’s View,” “Rosie’s View,” and “Whoopi’s View” was an odd choi

    I must confess that I have a guilty pleasure—and that is psyching people out before boasting that I’m too old to feel shame for liking the things I do. Also, I’m a huge fan of

    . In

    , Ramin Setoodeh tries his darndest to sum up the twenty-year legacy of one of America’s most iconic (and a times iconoclastic) daytime talk shows. For me it falls flat.

    Splitting the book into three equally partitioned arcs, “Barbara’s View,” “Rosie’s View,” and “Whoopi’s View” was an odd choice for one. While Rosie made for memorable moments (fights), she was only really there for 1.5 seasons, not even. True to the book’s title, this beach read focuses more on melodrama and meltdowns rather than detailing how the show was actually impactful over the changing decades. Was some of this entertaining? Yes. But was any of this truly memorable? Not really, no.

    It should be stated that Ramin is 100% a fan of the show and his passion is very present as he delves into its history and lore. Also impressive are the number of interviews he conducted to write this book. Sadly, for me at least, this admiration guides Ramin’s spotlight to follow his own interests to the detriment of a better story. This is compounded by the fact that the book is only 300 pages long, which is too short to waste pages on uninteresting nonsense.

    For instance, he writes a good chunk about Jenny McCarthy’s (one season) tenure on the show, but barely spares a word for Sunny Hostin. In addition to being on

    for three seasons, Sunny is ABC’s legal expert and has some truly noteworthy insights on the latest headlines…as well as an intense love for her pet chickens. Now THAT is the combo of expertise and weird schlock that makes me a fan of this ridiculous, beautiful show.

    Overall, if you are a MAJOR

    fan, sure, give the book a go—it is a super quick read. That said, it’s nothing to write home about, and it’s certainly not a Hot Topic.

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