Elisabeth Hasselbeck made the news when she chatted to her co-anchors on Fox & Friends about Rosie O’Donnell taking up a chair on The View. At the time O’Donnell’s return was just a rumor, but now it’s been confirmed that she’s going to take the job as a co-host. Hasselbeck, while she wasn’t shocked, wasn’t happy about this move by ABC and voiced her opinion.
Her opinion has landed Hasselbeck in hot water with co-host Whoopi Goldberg and her former co-host Joy Behar. It looks like despite making a big splash in the media about her continued rivalry with Rosie, Hasselbeck is not backing down from her comments. In fact, according to Entertainment Tonight, she refuses to apologize to the comedian.
Hasselbeck addressed the negativity, and in some cases positivity, that her comments have spawned. In an Instagram message, the former View co-host wrote:
“When asked about Barbara Walters retiring, I provided my analysis. When asked about Sherri [Shepherd] and Jenny [McCarthy] announcing their departure, I provided my analysis. When asked about Rosie coming back, I provided my analysis. When the next two chairs get filled — if asked — I will provide my analysis.”
Although Hasselbeck isn’t going back on her words, she’s also not playing up a rivalry. She was clear on where she stands with liberal Rosie O’Donnell.
“I don’t hate Rosie. I actually called to talk to her seven years ago. She did not want to speak to me. I am happy to have a #momversation about why I would never defend her 2007 comments below.”
The conservative continued and even quoted O’Donnell’s 2007 comments:
“O’Donnell, ‘I just want to say something: 655,000 Iraqi citizens are dead. Who are the terrorists?… If you were in Iraq, and another country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?'”
Before anyone accuses Elisabeth on not being hip to the social networking site, she managed to hashtag #letfreedomring before submitting her Instagram post.
As we previously reported, the conservative said that O’Donnell spits in the face of the United States military. This comment alone sparked outrage from former co-host Joy Behar, who defended Rosie while pointing out that her eldest son Parker is currently in the military.
“I thought that was really kind of below the belt — to say that she spits in the face of the military. I would like Elisabeth to explain herself. What does she mean by that? And isn’t it kind of a nasty thing to say about somebody who basically is a good person? That’s a dangerous thing to say about somebody… I think it’s a hate-filled remark. And she should explain it.”
Whoopi Goldberg addressed the situation on The View, before Rosie was confirmed as a co-host, and said that she’s not a person who likes to fight or will fight, and that she shouldn’t be put into that position. During the segment, Goldberg said, “We are grown a** women.”
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