Joy Behar Blasts Elisabeth Hasselbeck's 'Hate-Filled Remark' About Rosie O'Donnell
Everyone has a View about Rosie O'Donnell officially rejoining the ABC show.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck called into Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends — which she currently co-hosts — from vacation and ripped O'Donnell's then-rumored return, and now, former View co-host Joy Behar is getting in on the sparring action.
"I know Rosie very well. We worked quite closely," Hasselbeck said on Wednesday morning. "Talk about not securing the border. 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."
Hasselbeck fumed that after nearly seven years, O'Donnell is, "coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain The View with a seat at that table. Not surprising."
Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon, Behar expressed her disapproval of Hasselbeck's remarks.
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"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," she said, after calling O'Donnell "edgy" earlier in the segment. "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?"
Behar, who left The View in 2013 after 16 seasons, also pointed out that O'Donnell's son is in military school. She continued, "That's a dangerous thing to say about somebody ... I think it's a hate-filled remark. And she should explain it."
At the top of Thursday's episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg — who will be Season 18's moderator — addressed the escalating situation.
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"The View is gonna evolve like it always has [so] quit trying to make something happen and let whatever is gonna happen, happen," she said sternly. "And we hope you will join us when we come back."
During her anti-Rosie rant, Hasselbeck suggested that there would likely be tension between Goldberg and O'Donnell upon her return as co-host.
"Anybody who is going to be in that seat … will have to be fully approved by Rosie,” Hasselbeck speculated. “Whoopi is not going to let anybody control her … She is the leader on that show. I am going to be very interested to see how that goes.”
ABC confirmed O'Donnell's return on Thursday.
It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18 pic.twitter.com/oRCAcxAZE5
— The View (@theviewtv) July 10, 2014
Adding another name to the fire, The Wrap reports that Meghan McCain will guest-host The View next week amid talk of her joining the show's panel full-time.
Hasselbeck has yet to comment on her remarks any further, while O'Donnell appears unfazed.
@etnow @ehasselbeck - shocking
— Rosie (@Rosie) July 9, 2014
O'Donnell also replied to a fan, negating Hasselbeck's claim of how she handled herself during the taping of Barbara Walters's farewell episode.
@ellenrja - excellent comment - she was hiding in her dressing room - til i walked right in and said hello - her reply LETS TAKE A SELFIE !!
— Rosie (@Rosie) July 10, 2014
We have a feeling there will be no shortage of drama when Season 18 of The View kicks off this fall.