Elisabeth Hasselbeck Claims Rosie O'Donnell Made 'View' Return When Barbara Walters Left
Elisabeth Hasselbeck was not surprised to hear rumors of Rosie O&rsquoDonnell returning to The View, particularly since she thinks the former co-host effectively announced her return the same day Barbara Walters taped her final episode.>> Walters&rsquo final episode as View co-host was taped on May 15, the same day that all of the present and former View co-hosts reunited on the air in the live show that aired earlier that day. Hasselbeck said on Wednesday&rsquos Fox & Friends that O&rsquoDonnell told her when they were on set together in May that she produced the reunion show and it was her idea.
PHOTOS A New 'View': 15 Possible Panelists to Fill the Empty Seats>> Hasselbeck, who was on vacation but called in to the Fox News morning show to weigh in on O&rsquoDonnell, added that she was shocked that O&rsquoDonnell was so &ldquoat ease&rdquo that day and &ldquowalked around with such control.&rdquo>> &ldquoDo you think that the woman who left the way that she did would be producing Walters&rsquo goodbye show?,&rdquo Hasselbeck said of O&rsquoDonnell. &ldquoHere&rsquos the shocker: It was actually her hello show.&rdquo>> &ldquoI do believe this has been in the works for a very, very long time,&rdquo Hasselbeck added.
PHOTOS Hollywood Halloween Costumes: Talk Show Hosts Get In the Spirit>> The Fox News host, who famously sparred with O&rsquoDonnell during their year on The View together, including in a memorable ten-minute argument about Iraq, continued to lash out at O&rsquoDonnell.>> &ldquoI know Rosie very well. We worked together quite closely,&rdquo Hasselbeck said. &ldquoTalk 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.&rdquo>> O'Donnell left The View after one year as a panelist, saying that she had experienced something like post-traumatic stress disorder, and Walters said she resented the way O'Donnell dumped on the show.
PHOTOS Cable News' Biggest Hirings, Firings and Moves of 2013>> O&rsquoDonnell later returned to The View for a guest appearance three months prior to the reunion show, ahead of which Walters said she has great affection for O'Donnell. She called O'Donnell a lively and engaging guest who is a part of the show's history.>> Hasselbeck also said she would be interested to see what the dynamic would be between O&rsquoDonnell and Whoopi Goldberg, who is expected to return to The View next season.>> &ldquoWhoopi is not going to let anybody control her,&rdquo Hasselbeck said. &ldquoShe is the leader on that show&hellipI don&rsquot think it would be wise for Rosie O&rsquoDonnell to challenge Whoopi Goldberg on anything.&rdquo>> Hasselbeck closed by saying that &ldquodays like this&rdquo remind her how thankful she is to be at Fox & Friends.>> The View has not yet confirmed that O&rsquoDonnell will be returning to the ABC daytime show and has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter&rsquos request for comment on Hasselbeck&rsquos remarks.>> Watch Hasselbeck&rsquos full segment below.Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com