Seven years after her fiery exit from The View, ABC officially confirmed today that Rosie O’Donnell is returning to the show – and the fireworks have already begun.
‘ABC confirms Rosie O’Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18,’ the network tweeted without further comment.
O’Donnell also has not yet commented on the news but two of her former co-hosts, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar are engaged in a war of words over her return.
Hasselbeck, a political conservative who now works for Fox News, blasted O’Donnell on the air Wednesday (9 July) saying: 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.’
Joy Behar, who worked with both O’Donnell and Hasselbeck as a co-host, appeared on CNN and called Hasselbeck’s statement ‘a hate-filled remark.’
‘I thought that was really kind of below the belt – to say that she spits in the face of the military,’ she told the CNN’s Don Lemon. ‘I’d like Elisabeth to explain herself, really. What does she mean by that?’
Behar added: ‘Isn’t it kind of a nasty thing to say about somebody who basically is a good person? I mean, say what you want about Rosie O’Donnell, she’s a very generous person, she has a million kids, she’s always rescuing children – I mean, she has more kids than Mrs. Duggar at this point on her roster. Her son is at The Citadel—what more does Elisabeth want?’
Behar went on to say: ‘To say that she spits in the face of the military, that’s a dangerous thing to say about somebody. First of all, it’s not true. I would like her to prove it. Everything is fiction on Fox anyway, what am I talking about?’
So far, only Goldberg and O’Donnell have been announced as part of what has historically been a five-member panel. Goldberg took over for O’Donnell as moderator in 2007.
Show creator Barbara Walters retired from the show as a co-host in May. It was announced last week that Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd would not be returning next fall.
Below is full video of the 2007 on-air fight between O’Donnell and Hasselbeck that was O’Donnell’s final appearance until she returned for two guest spots this spring.