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

  • Sabrina Fonfeder

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

  • Rob

    A delicious and savory read! It’s everything I thought backstage at The View to be...and more! The backbiting, the betrayals, the b**** slapping; well, no confirmation of the latter but the book certainly lives up to its title. Consider this tea spilt!

  • 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.

  • Linda

    This was chocolate cake for a diabetic. I shouldn't, but I did. I thought all the previous co-hosts quit to accept other gigs. Not so. The bulk of this book takes place up to, and including Rosie O'Donnell's second time at the table. The next couple of years get skimmed over.

    Still a delicious read.

  • 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.

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