Rosie O’Donnell’s return to “The View” is making headlines, so it’s no surprise that one of her biggest nemeses is weighing in on the news. On Thursday, Donald Trump—whose public feud with O’Donnell dates back to 2006 - told New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l that while he thinks ABC was smart for rehiring O’Donnell for the upcoming 18th season of the show, he predicts she’ll self-destruct.
“It’ll have a short term positive effect,” Trump predicted. “The show has really missed not having Barbara (Walters) on it. With that said, it’ll have a short term positive impact, but then you have the long term. Rosie always self-destructs.”
Trump couldn’t let it stop with that: “I think she’s got a great agent – anyone with so many failures that can go back again and again is amazing to me,” he continued. “It’s very sad after the catastrophe that took place when she quit after she was mentally beaten up by Elisabeth (Hasselbeck). Her show on OWN was a catastrophe, Barbara (Walters) hates her.”
The real estate mogul also said he welcomes an invitation to face off against O’Donnell on “The View,” and cited his love for the only remaining co-host from last season, Whoopi Goldberg.
The bad blood between Trump and O’Donnell has been brewing since 2006, when the talk show host compared “The Apprentice” to "the snake-oil salesman from ‘Little House on the Prairie’" following his announcement that he would give then-Miss USA Tara Conner (who was making headlines for her problems with drugs and alcohol) a “second chance.” O’Donnell also used her forum on “The View” to question Trump’s financial well being.
The angry mogul fired back, telling People that O’Donnell was "a woman out of control” and threatened her for making false statements about him. "Rosie will rue the words she said,” Trump vowed. “I'll most likely sue her for making those false statements – and it'll be fun. Rosie's a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie."
Donald Trump isn’t the only person from O’Donnell’s past who’s sounding of about her return to the daytime chat fest. Earlier this week, her former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck called into “Fox & Friends” to weigh in on her possible return to the show.
“Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who’s spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and, really spit in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there – coming back with a bunch of control, ready to regain ‘The View’ with a seat at that table,” Hasselbeck said.
O’Donnell hasn’t commented on the announcement of her return to the show, but that’s OK. Everybody else has.