Jenny McCarthy says Brooke Shields should be thankful she didn’t land ‘View’ hosting gig: ‘That was hell’

Jenny McCarthy is responding to Brooke Shields, who still seems bitter about losing out on a gig co-hosting "The View" after the departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 2013.

Shields, 54, made the revelation last week during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” after a viewer called in and asked the actress if the longstanding rumor that McCarthy had beaten her out for the coveted chair was true.

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"Yes," Shields told the caller before host Andy Cohen pressed her for more information.

"I went through a week of being on the show and you know, I did all my homework, I take everything very seriously," she shared.

Shields said she was in the parking lot of the Hollywood Bowl when she received a call from one of the producers who told her they wanted to go with Jenny McCarthy.

"I was like, 'OK, she's a friend, but you want one or the other,'" an uncomfortable Shields recalled thinking. "I think they were going for something different."

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Despite Shields' obvious disappointment, McCarthy says Shields should be thanking her for saving Shields from a world of misery working alongside Barbara Walters and the gang.

“I’m friends with her, I love her and I think she knows deep inside that I took one for the team, because let’s just face it: That was hell. Hell. So you’re welcome, Brooke,” McCarthy told a caller on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Tuesday when asked about the topic.

Brooke Shields, right, said "The View" producers opted to hire Jenny McCarthy, left, as a co-host instead of her after Elisabeth Hasselbeck left in 2013.

Brooke Shields, right, said "The View" producers opted to hire Jenny McCarthy, left, as a co-host instead of her after Elisabeth Hasselbeck left in 2013. (Reuters/Getty)

McCarthy didn't last very long on the show, leaving the program in 2014. She recently opened up about her time on "The View" in the explosive tell-all book "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View."

She told author Ramin Setoodeh she was "miserable" every single day she went to work.

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“It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business," McCarthy, 46, admitted in an excerpt of the book published on Vulture.

She also said the producers tried to morph her into a conservative like Hasselbeck and would feed her opinions to combat Whoopi Goldberg in pre-production meetings.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

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