Elisabeth Hasselbeck Responds to Ongoing Rosie O'Donnell View Feud: "I Don't Hate Rosie"
"I don't hate Rosie," the Fox News contributor, 37, wrote of her former View co-host, 52. She went on to remind her followers of the origin of their contentious relationship from back in 2007, which culminated in a May 2007 on-air debate about the war in Iraq.
Hasselbeck, quoting O'Donnell's statements made during the epic fight, wrote: "O'Donnell 'I just want to say something: 655,000 Iraqi civilians 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?"
The Survivor alum also noted that after their initial feud, she reached out to make amends; O'Donnell didn't want to engage, she said. "I actually called to talk to her 7 years ago," Hasselbeck claimed. "She did not want to speak to me. I am happy to have a #momversation about why I would never defend her 2007 comments."
Hasselbeck interrupted her vacation earlier this week to call into her program, Fox & Friends, to slam O'Donnell's rumored (and later confirmed) return to The View. "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," she said.
Defending O'Donnell after Hasselbeck's initial statements was Joy Behar, who told CNN that it was "a hate-filled remark."
The opinionated TV personality, though, said she will continue to speak her piece about each change at the morning talk show. "When asked about Barbara Walters announcing her retirement, I provided my analysis," she wrote on Instagram. "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." She continued, "When the next two chairs get filled, if asked, I will provide my analysis."
Hasselbeck concluded in her note, "See you all Monday! #LetFreedomRing."