It was only a matter of time before drama erupted between the new panel of ladies on The View—but apparently "time" here means a whole two days. The season premiered Monday, and by Tuesday, there was trouble, according to Page Six. It started on-air, when Republican co-host Nicolle Wallace said President Obama "doesn't love people." Rosie O'Donnell responded, "When Kanye West says, 'I don't think President Bush cares about black people,' it's like an international incident. But you can say that you don't think Obama likes people?" It didn't end there: A source says the two continued arguing even after filming stopped.
"Executive producer Bill Wolff had to call them both in and order them to calm down," the source continues, though an ABC rep flatly denies the account. But in a recent Variety interview, O'Donnell revealed that even the audition process for the new panel was rather contentious: "It was very much like the Hunger Games," she said, describing candidates, including Wallace, having to engage in mock debates with herself and Whoopi Goldberg. "I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test," she added. "I don't know if there's a way to test that. It felt very negative and competitive." O'Donnell returned to the panel after a 50-pound weight loss—click for before and after photos.