It looks like they didn’t kiss and make up after all. Former “The View” co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell seemed to have made amends for Barbara Walters’s farewell reunion show in May, but the feud appears to be back on, according to Deadline.
On Wednesday, Hasselbeck called in to her “Fox & Friends’ show –while on vacation, no less—to slam her former co-star, who’s rumored to be returning to the ABC daytime chatfest this fall to fill one of the seats vacated by Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.
“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.
The conservative co-host also revealed that O’Donnell told her she “produced” the elaborate reunion show that had all of “The View” co-hosts assembled on the same stage for the first time in the show’s 17-year history.
“When you have a woman who again insinuated that our own troops are terrorists in Iraq at the time, [who] left the show…while still at the end of her contract – to have such ease the day of Barbara’s goodbye show was shocking to me.” Hasselbeck ranted. “She walked around with a lot of control and then when I had the chance to talk to her, Rosie herself, told me, on-set while we were mic-ed up, that she produced the reunion show to have everybody together and that it was her idea. Now, do you think the woman who left the way that she did would be producing Barbara’s goodbye show? Here’s the shocker, it was actually her ‘Hello Show.’”
In 2007, O’Donnell’s infamous on-air argument with Hasselbeck got so ugly that she spontaneously quit the daytime chat fest three weeks before her scheduled departure date. The split-screen exchange had O’Donnell accusing her former friend of not defending her when some media outlets claimed she'd called U.S. troops terrorists. At the time Hasselbeck told O’Donnell: "You are an adult, and I'm not going to be the person for you to explain your thoughts. ... Defend your own insinuations
Hasselbeck previously told People, “Everyone's always thinking Ro and I don't get along, we're 'enemies.’ Politically, we're rivals. That is clear. However, we are personally friends.“
Seven years later, a furious Hasselbeck says that O’Donnell seeks to control “The View," and she adds that she is happy to be long gone from the drama. The “Fox & Friends” host also said that the only remaining “View” co-host—Whoopi Goldberg— will likely have a problem with Rosie calling the shots, but revealed that she thinks O’Donnell’s return has been in the works for a long time. Hasselbeck later praised her new network and new group of co-workers.