When Rosie O’Donnell heads back to “The View” next month, she could be seated next to a former communications chief for George W. Bush. With political commentator and former Bush employee Nicolle Wallace in the running for a spot on the day time talk show panel, O’Donnell’s infamous on-air shouting match with Elisabeth Hasselbeck could be small potatoes. Or not.
On Monday, Media Research Center senior news analyst Scott Whitlock posted a tweet he sent to the returning talk show host in which he asked her if she still believes in “9/11 trutherism” and if it would be difficult to work with Wallace if she was selected as a new co-host on “The View.”
While O’Donnell put on a cheerful front and said she “enjoys” Wallace and is “reading her book right now” (as a bonus, the political guru served as senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign), the comedian revealed in a previous tweet, “I still do not believe the official story” when asked about the 9/11 attacks.
O’Donnell’s first go around on the ABC talk show ended in 2007 after a nasty Hot Topics catfight with fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck about the war in Iraq. In the aftermath of the argument, O’Donnell walked off the talk show three weeks before her contract was up.
Hasselbeck left “The View” in 2013 to join “Fox & Friends.” But last month, she had a few choice words to say about O’Donnell's plans to return to “The View” this fall.
According to a report Deadline, Hasselbeck called in from her vacation to her current Fox show and said, “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.”
The conservative co-host continued her rant by slamming O’Donnell’s involvement in Barbara Walters’ “View” farewell show: “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,” she said. “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.’”
While Rosie is a definite for the Season 18 panel on “The View,” Wallace is only a contender. Other rumored front runners for the spot include CNN's Sunny Hostin, CNN’s Ann Navarro “Good Day L.A.” anchor Lauren Sanchez, Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle of Bloomberg, ESPN alums Sage Steel and Jemele Hill, and conservative commentator Kayleigh McEnany.