On Friday, ABC News announced Behind the Table: A View Reunion, a new special coming to Hulu that brings together the show’s original four hosts and Walters for a look back at its early days and impact on American culture.
“Phone rings. ‘Hello, Joy? It’s Barbara,'” Behar recalls in the reunion clip. “I said, ‘Oh hi, Barbara!'”
But Walters, who first created The View in 1997, didn’t match her warm greeting, replying, “I just got a call from Entertainment Tonight and guess what they said? They said, ‘Oh, and Rosie O’Donnell’s coming on the show.’ And guess who told them?”
The two then exchange stories as Behar admits she cheekily guessed Meredith Vieira, knowing full well that it was her own fault.
Vieira laughs at Behar’s quip, before miming that she’s tossing a drink at her for “throwing her under the bus,” as another original panelist, Debbie Matenopoulos, puts it.
Walter McBride/WireImage Joy Behar and Barbara Walters
But Walters was not amused. “[Walters] said, ‘No, you! Joy Behar did that. And I want you to know that I’m not renewing your contract,'” Behar remembers. “I said, ‘Barbara, it was just a mistake. It was an honest mistake. You know how I am when I’m shopping!'”
However, Walters would not back down, telling Behar, “You’re a loose cannon, and I’m not renewing your contract.”
Eventually, they worked things out, as Behar is still a host. But this juicy story and more are just part of the reunion special that premieres Monday.
Everett Collection The original hosts of ‘The View’ are reuniting in a new special.
Behind the Table: A View Reunion invites audiences into a hotel room at the Essex House in New York City, where Behar, first moderator Vieira, and original panelists Matenopoulos and Star Jones originally auditioned for Walters 25 years ago.
The original group of panelists who joined Walters at the Hot Topics table in 1997 reminisce about what it was like working with Walters, some of the famous exits from the show, what they thought of an SNL spoof of them, their biggest regrets, and the moments that bonded them.
The 30-minute special streams June 20 exclusively on Hulu.