Elisabeth Hasselbeck spent 10 years on The View, and recently told Rachael Ray she has no plans to return. The daytime talk show staple that debuted with 3 of 4 new cohosts last September recently announced the departure of Rosie O’Donnell after just five months.
The current Fox & Friends host made her feelings clear in an interview on Tuesday. Although she expressed gratitude for her time at the “Hot Topics” table, she minced no words about her desire to stay where she is.
“I’ve done my time. I was out of there.”
She also revealed to Ray that she hasn’t been watching the program and asked the host to fill her in as to what’s going on. Hasselbeck said she had no plans to go back, even for a guest spot.
“You break up with me, I’m not going to kiss you.”
Hasselbeck also discussed the positive working environment she found at Fox & Friends.
The sudden departure of O’Donnell was only the latest in a recent string of View host controversies. It was recently reported that the network planned to fire co-host Rosie Perez while she was on hiatus from the program rehearsing her Broadway play. O’Donnell slammed the reports on-air, and a group representing Perez’s community criticized the show for failing to defend her.
Meredith Vieira, another former View co-host, recently told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that she wished O’Donnell well and was shocked by the news of her departure.
“I don’t know what the background is, if there’s anything more to the story. There usually is.”
Vieira also said she had no plans to return to the table.
This was Rosie O’Donnell’s second departure from The View. She said this time she left out of concerns for her health and to take care of her family after her split from wife Michelle Rounds.
O’Donnell left The View the first time after an infamous on-air argument with Hasselbeck in 2007. When the return of O’Donnell was announced last year, Hasselbeck responded with strong words for her former colleague.
“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.”
The View airs on ABC.
[Elisabeth Hasselbeck image courtesy of Getty]