Why Meredith Vieira Won’t Read ‘The View’ Tell-All Book: It ‘Upsets Me’


Meredith Vieira’s view is in the present. That’s part of the reason she has no interest in reading Ramin Setoodeh’s book about the behind-the-scenes drama of The View, which she cohosted from 1997 to 2006.

Vieira, 65, who was interviewed for Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, asked her friends about the book — and after finding out she came off positively, she didn’t need to know more.

Meredith Viera Won’t Read The View Tell All
Meredith Viera is interviewed by Us Weekly.

“I lived it so I, kind of, don’t want to read it. Nothing against the author at all; he was very gracious with me and questions were pointed, but that’s to be expected,” the host told Us Weekly exclusively at the Television Critics Association summer press tour while promoting her upcoming game show, 25 Words or Less. “Just the little things that I’ve read about it sort of upset me, because I was there for nine years and it’s gone on for 20-some years at this point.”

When it comes to the drama that went on between the rotating hosts, she noted, “every family has dysfunction.”

Meredith Viera Won’t Read The View Tell All
Original co-hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos joined Joy Behar at the Hot Topics Table today, Friday, November 11, 2016. ABC/ Lou Rocco

“I hate to see dirty laundry exposed,” she continued. “Everybody has a side story. So my memory of it was that was a great time. [I had a] great experience there.”

For more from Vieira, watch the exclusive video above.

25 Words or Less premieres on Fox on September 16.

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