The View's Test Episode Was an Awesome Trainwreck

Yesterday we brought you news that The View was testing out a number of new hosts. Today we learn that during one of those test tapings, shit went down. Shit. Went. Down.

Both Radar Online and TMZ are reporting that it was possible new addition to the panel, conservative S.E. Cupp, who was the center of the drama, though not purposefully so. Joined by Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell and Sunny Hostin, things got HOT during a "Hot Topics" segment on (what else) abortion:

"They were talking about the difficult decision families have to make. And S.E. said she thought it was ridiculous that abortion has become so easy. And Rosie and Whoopi pounced!" noted the source of what turned into a verbal melee.

"Rosie and Whoopi ganged up S.E. and just went after her. Rosie told her, 'You're just rattling off Republican talking points. That's not what we need,'" recalled the source.

After that, O'Donnell said that she wouldn't work "with another Elisabeth Hasselbeck" and then berated Cupp about how young she was. Whoopi also wouldn't let go of the abortion thing:

"It got so nasty that Whoopi said in front of the live audience, 'Have you ever had to make that decision?'

"The audience gasped, the executives started freaking out, they had to cut. It was so uncomfortable. It was a massive train wreck," continued the insider.

Whoopi reportedly got fired up to the point that she railed against Barbara Walters to the producers, saying that she'd been "working with a cranky 85-year-old woman who's mad about everything for 2 years, and I need a break."

Where is this footage?! We need this footage.

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