It might seem like the least likely place for conflict, but talk shows are actually well known for being a breeding ground for controversy, conflict, feuds, extortion plots and even a sex scandal! Whether it’s between two co-hosts, a host and their production team or even the viewers and the host — there’s been no shortage of drama on and off-screen on shows like The View, The Tonight Show, The Talk and even the Today Show. Here’s a look at 14 of the biggest talk show controversies and feuds!
14. Star Jones and Barbara Walters
Star Jones was one of the original co-hosts on The View. She had appeared on the show for nearly a decade when she announced her departure in 2006. Normally when a host exits the show, the announcement is pre-planned so that the news doesn’t stir up any controversy, but Jones went against what she’d planned with Barbara Walters and preemptively announced she was leaving the show. To make matters worse she then slammed the 20/20 host for writing about an affair in her memoir. “It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters…is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer…for the sake of selling a book. It speaks true to her character.” Yikes!