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The View

Whoopi Takes Shot at Barbara ...

During Heated Test Show

8/8/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rosie O'Donnell got into a heated showdown over abortion with CNN's S.E. Cupp during a 'View' test show taping with Whoopi Goldberg ... who ended up taking a thinly-veiled shot at Barbara Walters

Production sources at "The View" tell us Cupp -- who's vying for the conservative role on the show -- had a "nasty" debate yesterday over the Australian couple making headlines for asking their surrogate to abort a Down syndrome baby.  

We're told things escalated when Whoopi jumped in and asked Cupp if she ever had to make a decision about abortion. That shut everyone up momentarily ... until Rosie chastised Cupp, saying she didn't want another Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Here's where Babs comes in. After the taping ... Whoopi -- in front of producers and several potential replacement hosts -- said she'd been "working with a cranky 85-year-old woman who's mad about everything for 2 years, and I need a break."

Hard to tell who Whoopi was really upset with -- Rosie or Cupp -- but the shot at Barbara was undeniable.

As for Cupp ... doesn't sound like she left on Rosie's good side -- but then again ... that may be exactly what "The View" needs.

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realjoshua    

Does anybody watch this crap? Just cancel it already.

75 days ago
2.

Werktwerk    

Who cares

75 days ago
3.

My_Kingdom_For_A_Nose    

Whip-smart, sexy, independent, ambitious, conservative. A true threat to 'progressive' womyn everywhere.

Go, Ms. Cupp!!

75 days ago
4.

Kartrashian Klown    

Lol. What she said about grandma was hilarious. Rosie is annoying though, fkcu.

75 days ago
5.

notalawyer    

Hopefully the show will die soon...
Garbage in Garbage out...

75 days ago
6.

Social    

Between Barbara Walters and Betty White, those old cantankerous old bit**hes need to retire already. Nobody wants to see that....gross

75 days ago
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Sillywilly    

Elisabeth is the type you love to hate. Some people you just hate. It was organic too with Elisabitch. If they purposely try to recapture that, the audience is smart enough to know better and it will not work.

75 days ago
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Nikki    

Whoppi is another outraged *****.
She and Shannon Briggs make a good couple.

75 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

I have not watched that show in years! Just when I thought might try again , I am reminded why I stopped. Yuck,no thanks. Not going to say anymore. You have my drift.

75 days ago
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Youphemism    

It's not my cup of tea, show-wise, but having people from such opposite ends of the spectrum debate the most touchy topics is a very good thing.

They should try to remember that discussing topics like that with someone whose viewpoint you utterly can't fathom is one of the most American things you can do.

They should also bear in mind that the biggest service they can provide the public is not winning or losing the discussion, or even the valuable information and ideas they may impart, but instead the simple demonstration of how to discuss a topic with someone whose viewpoint you abhor.

That's what folks seem to have forgotten, and it is the essence of democracy. It's a vital thing that we appear to be moving away from, as people on all sides dig in and focus on their positions, rather than the good interests of the public.

Then again, maybe I'm just full of crap.

75 days ago
11.

bigwill    

"some will eat and drink with you but behind they trying to eliminate ya" Bob Marley

75 days ago
12.

Chris    

ABC leaked this to generate interest. They will soon find out that they will NEVER recapture the interest of their former viewers who have moved on. This coming season will be their LAST.

75 days ago
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Chloe Indigo    

Barbara, Barbara, you couldn't ease them in with a somewhat lighter topic. Put people on extremely different sides off the spectrum together and what do you expect will happen? Ugg, they will never change each other's minds. I don't want to sit and listen to this for a whole hour. Way to set them up to fail. I don't blame Whoopie.

75 days ago
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K South West    

Tabloid MZ... & did her lips quiver as she made the cross my heart gesture

75 days ago
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BR82    

Don't care for Rosie and definitely don't wanna watch a show with bickering and fighting for the first 1/2 hour.

75 days ago
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