'The View' tell-all: Joy Behar spread a nasty rumor about Star Jones

Things are definitely not as they appear on The View. While Joy Behar and Star Jones appeared to get along while they both cohosted the show, they actually did not like each other behind the scenes, Ramin Setoodeh reports in his new book, "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View."

In fact, Behar, who has been on the show since it began in 1997, reportedly didn’t like that Jones was getting attention as the most popular cohost. In 2004, two years before Jones exited, Behar spread a rumor about her, the book claims.

Read Us Weekly’s exclusive excerpt below:

For all Star’s old-fashioned ways, she wasn’t exactly neat. Her dressing room looked as if it were out of a Hoarders episode. It was stacked with clothes and shoes. That made it the perfect hideout for vermin. One night, the janitor complained to Joy that he’d just swept up the carcass of a crushed mouse from the floor of Star’s dressing room and that Star must have stepped on it and killed it without knowing.

Joy had grown to detest Star so much, she gleefully spread the story to some of her friends on the show. “Can you believe it?” Joy would ask, thrilled. (“Who told you this?” Joy said, when asked about it, with a guilty expression on her face.)

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Joy Behar during Friars Club Roasts Danny Aiello at Hilton Hotel in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Joy Behar during 'As Good As It Gets' New York City Premiere at Loews Twin Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Lisa Ling at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Barbara Walters, and Star Jones of The View pictured at the N.A.T.P.E. convention in New Orleans on January 20, 1998. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, and Lisa Ling (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1940 -- Pictured: (Back, l-r) Lisa Ling, Star Jones, (front, l-r) Joy Behar, Barbara Walters from The View during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 13, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Joy Behar and Bette Midler during Bette Midler Hosts 5th Annual Fundraiser for NY Restoration Project at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
William Baldwin and The Creative Coalition, presented, 'Election Night 2000: The Revolution Without,' an evening of political satire, at Caroline's Comedy Club, on Broadway in New York City, Tuesday November 7. The event, a benefit for the Creative Coalition, featured a panel discussion with some of America's leading political satirists, including actress, Martha Plimpton (pictured left) and Joy Behar, from TV's 'The View,' (pictured right), who both watched the election night returns on giant TV screens with their host, William Baldwin.Photo: Nick Elgar/ImageDirect
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Television host Joy Behar attends a party for ABC Daytime stars to celebrate actress Kathy Brier's new lead role in the Broadway musical 'Hairspray' at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse December 18, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Masselback, Barbara Walters and Joy Behar (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2653 -- Pictured: (l-r) Talk show hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck during an interview with host Jay Leno on February 17, 2004 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - 'The View,' ABC's Emmy (R) Award-winning talk and entertainment program returns, live, TUESDAY, SEPT. 5 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network, for its 10th season. Among the most highly anticipated and noted changes for the show this season is the addition of Rosie O'Donnell, a beloved star of television, stage and screen. Ms. O'Donnell will serve as moderator and sit alongside fellow co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (Photo by Yolanda Perez/ABC via Getty Images) ELISABETH HASSELBECK,ROSIE O'DONNELL, BARBARA WALTERS, JOY BEHAR
Joy Behar during The Retreat's 11th Annual Gala Artists Against Abuse Art & Plate Auction 2006 at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club in Bridgehampton, New York, United States. (Photo by Shane Gritzinger/FilmMagic)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar (Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 16: Comedian Joy Behar during Comedy Cares Celebrity Poker Tournament Sponsored by AEG at the HBO & AEG Live's 'The Comedy Festival' 2007 at Caesars Palace on November 16, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Comedians Joy Behar and Joan Rivers arrive at The Opening Night of Mel Brooks New Musical 'Young Frankenstein' on Broadway on November 8, 2007 at The Hilton Theater in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Joy Behar on stage during Joy Behar and Kevin Nealon at the HBO & AEG Live's 'The Comedy Festival' 2007 at Caesars Palace on November 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Joy Behar attends HLN's Joy Behar Show Launch at The Oak Room on September 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Morgan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Beher and Barbara Walters attend HLN's Joy Behar Show Launch at The Oak Room on September 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Morgan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Joy Behar speaks onstage at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The New York Marriott Marquis on March 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - On August 11, 1997, television viewers were introduced to a new and diverse menu of talk, entertainment and lifestyle programming each weekday, as ABC Daytime launched 'The View.' The show, originally billed as 'ABC Daytime's lively and informative new talk show,' has flourished into one of the most popular and most talked-about programs, and celebrates its '3,000th Show,' live, Thursday, September 23, 2010. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, BARBARA WALTERS, TINA FEY, JOY BEHAR, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELISABETH HASSELBECK
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Joy Behar attends the 'Growing Up Laughing' book launch at Carolines On Broadway on September 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - ABC News' Dan Abrams visits the ladies of 'THE VIEW,' 7/21/11 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images)JOY BEHAR, DAN ABRAMS, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELISABETH HASSELBECK
THE VIEW - (8.3.11) Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television personality Katie Couric made her first guest co-host appearance live today on 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images)WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JOY BEHAR, KATIE COURIC, SHERRI SHEPHERD, BARBARA WALTERS
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Joy Behar, Harold 'Hal' Prince, Linda Lavin and Carol Burnett pose backstage after a performance by Linda Lavin at 54 Below on September 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 54 Below)
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE - Show #MI11-047 - Joy Behar joins former 'The View' co-host Meredith Vieira on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, airing Tuesday, Nov. 7 across the country and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, MEREDITH VIEIRA
THE VIEW - (10.23.12) Tony Bennett performed with Juan Luis Guerra and The Houston Family joined the co-hosts today on 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JOY BEHAR, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELISABETH HASSELBECK, BARBARA WALTERS
THE VIEW - Actress Lea Michele appeared today, March 6, 2013 on 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: TV Personality Joy Behar attends the 'Lucky Guy' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call at The Broadhurst Theatre on April 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
THE VIEW - Guest co-host Amy Schumer (?Inside Amy Schumer?); Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (album, ?Love Has Come for You?); Dr. Richard Besser (author, Tell Me the Truth, Doctor) appeared today, April 24, 2013 on 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Joy Behar attends the 'American Masters Mel Brooks: Make a Noise' New York screening at the 92Y on May 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Joy Behar and Mario Cantone are the guest co-hosts Friday, January 30, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - 'The View' celebrates 4000 shows with guest co-hosts Barbara Walters and Joy Behar. Guests include Elisabeth Moss and Mario Cantone airing Friday, March 27, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton talk about their new film 'Eddie the Eagle,' on 'THE VIEW,' airing THURSDAY, FEB. 25 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) CANDACE CAMERON, JOY BEHAR, HUGH JACKMAN
THE VIEW - Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are guests on 'THE VIEW,' 3/3/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, RAVEN-SYMONE�, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Bobby Brown visits 'THE VIEW,' 6/13/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR
THE VIEW - 'The View's' Eighth Annual Mutt Show airs Friday, July 1 2016 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, KELLY OSBOURNE
THE VIEW - Ali Wentworth is the guest today, Tuesday, December 13, 2016 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, ALI WENTWORTH
THE VIEW - Reba McEntire is the guest co-host today, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 on ABC's 'The View,' with guest Tracee Ellis Ross on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC vis Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, SUNNY HOSTIN, REBA MCENTIRE, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, SARA HAINES, JEDEDIAH BILA
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Joy Behar -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Joy Behar attends the Joy Behar's Friends with Benefits Fundraiser for The Retreat at Guild Hall on September 3, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal are the guests Friday, September 15, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, SARA HAINES
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Vice President Joe Biden is a guest on 'The View,' Wednesday, December 13, 2017 airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
THE VIEW - Gretchen Carlson is the guest co-host and Clive Davis is the guest today, Thursday, January 25, 2018 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) GRETCHEN CARLSON, JOY BEHAR, CLIVE DAVIS, MEGHAN MCCAIN, SUNNY HOSTIN
THE VIEW - Jemele Hill is the guest co-host today, Wednesday, 2/21/18 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR
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During the Wednesday, March 27, episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Setoodeh also revealed that Jones told him Behar was part of the reason the world found out she had gastric bypass surgery.

“Star Jones said as she was being fired in 2006, both Barbara Walters and Joy Behar were leaking stories of her gastric bypass to the New York Post to ruin her reputation,” the author revealed.

"Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View" hits bookstores Tuesday, April 2.

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