Ladies Who Punch, based on over 150 interviews with co-hosts, producers, crew members and prominent guests, explores the backstage workings at the talk show and decades-long power struggles between the panelists, including Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Star Jones and more.
The book was an immediate sensation — but not everyone was a fan. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen about a month after it came out, Goldberg insisted she hadn't read it and didn't plan to.
"I didn't talk to [Setoodeh]," she said. "I didn't care about the book."
Goldberg, 64, said she decided not to participate out of respect for her own professional privacy.
"What happens for me at work, it's not for everybody — it's not their business," she explained. "I don't like talking out of school and I don't like other people talking out of school. For me, you just have to leave it there."
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