Garcelle Beauvais says she dreamed of becoming a co-host on The View but once she got an audition on the ABC daytime talk show, she was “appalled.”
Beauvais shares details about the 2015 audition in her new memoir, “Love Me as I Am.”
At that time, the model-turned-actress jumped at the chance to appear on the show. But, she says it quickly turned sour when she saw what it was like to work with Whoopi Goldberg and the team.
“I was shocked and appalled to see how testy Whoopi was with the show’s producers,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star writes in an excerpt published by Page Six. “I was embarrassed and disappointed, to say the least. It was cringeworthy!”
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Beauvais also recalls Rosie Perez kicked her leg under the table to get her to stop talking. “It was a shut-the-f—k-up-bi-ch, you’re-talking-too-much signal kick!” she says.
According to Beauvais, the environment was too negative so she decided the show wasn’t a good fit.
“The atmosphere was so opposite to my friendly nature and definitely not what I had expected or hoped for,” she writes.
She spoke to Page Six and expressed why she felt it was important to talk about this moment in her life.
“Because it happened! I’m not making this s–t up, you know what I mean?” she said with a laugh at RHOBH co-star Sutton Stracke’s “Cashmere & Caviar” party in West Hollywood. “If these stories happened and it’s my memoir, then I’m talking about it. It was unfortunate because I’m still such a fan and even still record the show.”
Beauvais says she told Goldberg she planned to include the details before adding them to her memoir.
“Of course I addressed it with Whoopi. She didn’t remember,” Beauvais said.
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She and Goldberg are in a better place now. Last year, the two reunited for Lifetime cyberbullying movie Caught in His Web. Goldberg executive produced the movie inspired by a true story of cyber bullying and “sextortion.”
Overall, Beauvais says she admires Goldberg. “She’s an icon. And I get that. I would never take away from her in terms of what she was able to do in the industry way before a lot of us. So kudos to her for that,” she said.
Beauvais most recently served as a co-host on The Real for seasons 7 and 8 before the show was canceled last month.
“Love Me as I Am” is out now.