Ladies Who Punch

Ladies Who Punch

The Explosive Inside Story of "The View"

Book - 2019
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When Barbara Walters launched The View in 1997, ABC executives repeatedly told her that hosting the show would tarnish her reputation as a serious newswoman. Ten years later, The View was being watched daily in the living rooms of tens of millions of Americans and launched the careers of Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Joy Behar. But the daily chat-fest didn't just comment on the news; it became the news. As viewership continued to top the charts, a seemingly endless series of clashes among the stars (and their guests) and a revolving door of co-hosts earned front page coverage in magazines and newspapers. National headlines chronicled Rosie O'Donnell's feud with Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg's conversations about race, and Walters' struggle to maintain control of it all. Laced with humor and a cast of larger-than-life characters, this is both a chronicle of 21st century daytime television and a classic tale about power. With in-depth reporting and new interviews, this story takes readers behind the scenes where these very public figures struggled to balance image, ambition, friendship, and loyalty, while changing television forever.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250112095
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 V679S 2019
Characteristics: x, 316 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 01, 2019

An enjoyable if less than compelling read, Ladies Who Punch is most interesting when dissecting the early cast of The View and their big personalities. With most of the focus revolving around hurricane Rosie O'Donnell and Star Jones (for a time), I'm uncertain whether there was much more of a story there. Still, it's a short read that'll fill you in on the history of the show even though it seems that the only history worthy of reporting is from that time period.

Jul 25, 2019

Well I wasn’t surprised at this can see the problems in the host’s far as Megan’s time for her to Punch some growing up then come back...Goodbye Felica... I just can’t understand why nothing was written about Joy...she’s definitely my is Whoopi...oh well I’m just as glad that I didn’t buy this...just another Real Housewives saga...

Jul 09, 2019

If you are a fan of The View, you will probably enjoy this book. For me it confirmed what I thought about a couple of the hosts. The show went downhill when ABC decided to switch their higher management and messed with something that was working. Barbara also stayed way too long. I was glad I read it, but I don't recommend it as a must read. I would've really liked to have learned more about Joy and her point of view. And the writer is obviously a fan of Meghan's and I'll never figure out why.

IndyPL_ChaseM May 21, 2019

Perhaps I should feel a little embarrassed about how much I enjoyed the gossip-stuffed “Ladies Who Punch,” but I really, really don’t. I watched “The View” only sporadically in the early years and then fairly often during Roise O’Donnell’s first stint on the show, who the meatiest parts of this book focus on. Nowadays, I only catch viral clips when the hosts have on-air tiffs with one another.

If you watch “The View” for the insightful “views” of the long stream of hosts or are interested in how a groundbreaking, female journalist built an iconic daytime talk show, then you might not find any substance from these pages. However, if your only reason for tuning in is the infighting and awkward moments, you’ll tear right through “Ladies Who Punch” like I did. The moments viewers saw at home are nothing compared to the ones that happened backstage.

Quick Tip: Whenever an on-air moment is mentioned, set the book down and find a clip online. Trust me. It makes the reading experience all that much better.

JCLHeatherM May 12, 2019

The View is considered by many to be a pioneer in the world of daytime TV, being the first show to have an all panel program led by women during the morning hours. With a revolving door of hosts, there's bound to be plenty of herstory (history told from a female's point of view) to be shared with curious readers.

Setdoodeh takes readers behind closed doors for private conversations, public feuds, and machinations for control a continually thriving enterprise. A quick, often hilarious read, Setdoodeh doesn't mince words or take sides as he unveils over twenty years of daytime history.


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