Elisabeth Hasselbeck may no longer be on ABC’s The View but that didn’t stop her today from slamming the prospect of Rosie O’Donnell returning to the morning chatfest.
Hasselbeck, now a co-host of Fox and Friends on Fox News, called in from her vacation to say: ‘Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and, really, 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 a seat at The View table. Not surprising, I think that it’s been in the works for a long time.”
Neither O’Donnell, who moderated the show during the 2006-07 season, or ABC has confirmed her return.
It was announced last month that current co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy would not be returning and the show’s creator and still co-executive producer Barbara Walters retired as a regular panelist in May.
On Walters’ farewell show, all of the program’s current and former co-hosts appeared together in a segment marking the first time O’Donnell and Hasselbeck were on television together since an infamous on-air argument during O’Donnell’s last show in 2007.
O’Donnell had announced she was leaving the show after a single season but was to appear for three more weeks until the end of her contract. But after the argument with the politically conservative Hasselbeck, which was allowed to go on for more than five minutes with a split-screen, O’Donnell never returned.
Hasselbeck sensed at Walters’ reunion show that O’Donnell was perhaps plotting a comeback.
‘To have such ease the day of Barbara’s goodbye show was shocking to me,’ she said.
‘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’d 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.’
Whoopi Goldberg, who took over for O’Donnell as moderator in 2007, is the only co-host officially remaining at this point.
Hasselbeck already predicts trouble between the two powerful and outspoken women.
‘Anybody who’s going to be in that seat, if indeed this all going to play out as I think it will – or already has – will have to be fully approved by Rosie. Let’s not forget: Whoopi Goldberg is sitting there and Whoopi is not going to let anyone control her. Whoopi is an (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony winner). She has actually more trophies in her case than Rosie, she’s the leader on that show. I’m going to be very interested to see how that goes.’
‘I don’t think it would be wise for Rosie O’Donnell to challenge Whoopi Goldberg on anything. I really don’t.’