Journalist Paula Faris recently released a new book entitled Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling.
In it, Paula talks about her decision to leave The View in 2018.
Though Paula and her former View co-star Whoopi Goldberg were rumored to be on rough terms, Paula clarified that she and the Sister Act star have a good relationship.
Paula Faris is setting the record straight on her relationship with Whoopi Goldberg.
In the ABC News journalist's new memoir, Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling, Paula recalled the time she began thinking about walking away from The View, which she co-hosted on between 2015 and 2018.
“I began to realize there was a growing disconnect between my amazing co-hosts (all of whom I still love) and me,” she wrote. “The network had a set of expectations. My co-hosts had another set of expectations. I was caught in the middle and unsure of how to square the two.”
When speaking to People though, she clarified that it wasn't because of anything to do with Whoopi, despite what the rumor mill suggested: Back in 2016, there was a story that alleged Whoopi was responsible for cutting back the days her "nemesis" Paula appeared on the show. Whoopi vehemently denied the claims at the time, tweeting, "I'm not responsible 4 firing or moving people around or negotiating my coworkers['] contracts."
Paula told the publication that her decision to leave, in part, had to do with her finding it difficult to participate in the show's discussions because of her journalism background.
“I was trying to maintain my objectivity but was also trying to appease an audience that’s used to, and should expect, strong opinions from its co-hosts," she told the outlet, adding that her bosses encouraged her not to share her political opinion. "I couldn’t ever go there, I felt like I was walking a tightrope and any moment I could say something that would totally derail my news career because for me, my objectivity meant more to me than anything else."
On top of that, Paula previously told Good Housekeeping that she had gone through "months of hell" due to several health-related issues.
"I went from a period of seven months where I had a miscarriage, [and] I had a concussion — someone threw something at my head when I was doing a live shot and that knocked me out of work for three weeks," she revealed. "[Then] the day I got cleared to go to work, I got in a head-on car crash. A couple of months later I got influenza, and influenza turned into pneumonia." She took all of those tough months as a sign that it was time to move on.
And so, Paula decided to exit the weekend desk of Good Morning America and The View in 2018, citing health concerns and the desire to spend more time with her family. But rest assured, she and Whoopi are just fine.
“When my father passed away, she was one of the first people to reach out and ask how I was doing,” Paula shared with People. “She sent my family a big platter of food!”
She went on: “Whoopi is a loyalist, and once you’re in her corner, you’re not going to go anywhere. She will fiercely defend you, and I feel like that’s where the two of us are today. I’m really grateful to have worked next to somebody of her stature."
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