In August 2007, Barbara says she received a copy of Rosie's book Celebrity Detox with a note that read, "This is for real. You know I love you." Barbara was pleased with the note's sentiment...until she read the book. "It was so full of anger at me. I got into bed and pulled the covers over my head and said, 'I think I'll stay here until a week from Tuesday,'" she says. "But all [Rosie's] problems and all of the Donald Trump stuff came into it, and I think she kind of regretted the book." In fact, Barbara says Rosie did limited press for her memoir, canceling the two promotional interviews she had scheduled.
Barbara says that since then, she and Rosie e-mail from time to time. "I will always have the greatest affection for her," Barbara says. "I truly mean this. She gave the show a whole boost. She brought energy to it."
Despite all the ups and downs The View has faced, Barbara has only positive feelings for the show. "In the arc of my life, The View is one chapter," she says. "We're going on our 12th year. Two years were difficult, and 10 were simply wonderful, and that's what I want to feel about it."