Garcelle Beauvais is speaking out about her 2015 audition for “The View in her new memoir, “Love Me as I Am.”
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star says that she was asked to audition for the daytime talk show after Rosie O’Donnell left the show. However, Garcelle shared that it was Whoopi Goldberg’s behavior during her audition which left a lasting impression.
“I was shocked and appalled to see how testy Whoopi was with the show’s producers,” she writes. “I was embarrassed and disappointed, to say the least. It was cringeworthy!”
“Here I was the eager new kid in class and I ran smack dab into the reality of an uninviting workplace,” she recalls in her book. At the time, Garcelle auditioned alongside her would-be cohosts, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace.
Garcelle insists the producers were not the only ones to bear the brunt of Goldberg’s iciness.
“There was a brief nonchalant recognition that I was the cohost up to bat that week. No greetings or welcoming niceties, just a hey and they continued on with the [top-of-the-morning] meeting [with producers]. Okay,” she continued.
To be fair, Garcelle says the rest of the crew also gave her the cold shoulder.
“The energy was cold, unfriendly and standoffish,” she recalls. “The atmosphere was so opposite to my friendly nature and definitely not what I had expected or hoped for.”
To make matters worse, the Beverly Hills Housewife alleged Perez kicked her under the table.
“It was a shut-the-f—k-up-b—ch, you’re-talking-too-much signal kick!”
Perez then told her after the show:” ‘Girl, you know, I just wanted you to know that you needed to be quiet. I thought you were gonna go on too long. You know, we have a system here and we know when the other one is about to talk. So I just wanted to stop you from talking too much.'”
The unpleasant experience did not extinguish Garecelle’s daytime talk show dreams. In 2020, she was named the newest cohost of “The Real,” alongside Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Houghton.
Just weeks back, it was announced “The Real” had come to an end after eight seasons.