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By Sara Morrison
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Despite reports (and a clip from "The View") that suggest otherwise, Whoopi Goldberg says she and Barbara Walters have no beef.
"Dude, she hired me," Goldberg told the New York Daily News. "It is a very good relationship."
But there were some undeniably tense moments on Tuesday's episode of "The View" when the talk turned to the royal baby. Walters was trying to promote her "20/20" special on the newborn to air that night, but was pre-empted by her co-host's rant that the birth was being over-covered.
"People are losing their minds," Goldberg said. "Do the guys care as much as the women do? Because I don't care!"
"They may not care, but we're doing an hour special tonight, okay?" Walters cut in pointedly. "People, they do care."
"I don't care, personally," Goldberg said.
"Whoopi will not be watching. We hope you will and we hope there are a lot of people who give a darn, okay? Because we worked very hard on this," Walters said. She made one last appeal to Goldberg, saying the special would have some new facts that might interest her.
"No," Goldberg said firmly. "I'll watch everything else but not that one."
"Whoopi is Whoopi," Walters sighed.
After the taping, the New York Daily News reported, Whoopi continued to be Whoopi, ranting for seven minutes about how she was looking forward to Walters' summer 2014 retirement and sick of her controlling ways.
But Goldberg denied that, calling personally and saying "I don't rant at 'The View' for seven minutes for any reason. That would not have come out of my mouth, especially not at 'The View.' I'm not stupid."
Asked if she had any problems with Walters, the comedian replied: "Dude, she hired me. It is a very good relationship."
Requests to Goldberg for comment were not immediately returned.