Joy Behar criticizes Judi Dench’s The Crown.

“They tell you upstairs it’s not a documentary and if you have a brain you can find out the writers used the story,” the View co-host said.

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Joy Behar has a different take on The Crown than Dame Judi Dench.

The View co-host clapped back at Dench’s criticism of the “cruelly unfair” portrayal of the British royal family in the fictional Netflix series.

“This lady disagrees with Dame Judi Dench because upstairs they tell you it’s not a documentary and if you have a brain you can find out the writers used the story,” Behar said during The View. via Entertainment Weekly. “And if it’s documented history then we can believe it, but we won’t believe a conversation that takes place in Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s bedroom. Nobody was there but the two of them, so you don’t believe that. But the historical part, you think.”

Oscar winner Dench shared a letter with Britain’s The Times (via Deadline) in which he called The Crown an “inaccurate and hurtful portrayal of history” and echoed former Prime Minister John Major’s concerns about an episode in Season 5, suggesting that in 1991, Prince Charles (now King Charles III) complained to Major that he was waiting to take over the throne from Queen Elizabeth II.

“Given some of the hurtful suggestions that appear to be included in the new series — that King Charles was planning his mother’s abdication, for example, or once claimed his mother’s upbringing was so flawed she might have deserved a prison sentence — is both cruelly unfair to the individuals and detrimental to the institution they represent,” wrote Dench. “Nobody believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but that cannot go unchallenged.”

Dench continued, “Although it was publicly stated this week that ‘The Crown’ has always been a ‘fictionalized drama,’ the program makers have resisted all requests to publish a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode. It’s time Netflix reconsidered – for the sake of a family and a nation that has recently suffered a bereavement, as a mark of respect for a sovereign who has served her people so dutifully for 70 years, and to uphold her reputation in the eyes of her British subscribers.”

The final two seasons of The Crown span the 1990s through 2003, with Season 6 containing the death of Princess Diana, which Netflix says will not be shown on screen.

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