Elisabeth Hasselbeck Continues Her Fight With Rosie O'Donnell

Elizabeth Durand Streisand
Yahoo TVJuly 11, 2014
Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck
Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not backing down. The former View co-host has responded to the backlash she received as a result of her controversial remarks about Rosie O'Donnell's return to the show (including one in which she referred to her former colleague as a "woman who spit in the face of our military") — and she's not exactly apologizing.

In a pink note posted to her Instagram account, the Fox & Friends host defended her statements, starting with why she made them in the first place.

"When asked about Barbara Walters announcing her retirement, I provided my analysis," she wrote. "When asked about Sherri and Jenny announcing their departure, I provided my analysis. When asked about ROSIE coming back, I provided my analysis." In other words, she was just conducting business as usual by commenting on O'Donnell's possible (though now confirmed) return.

"I don't hate Rosie," she continued, "I actually called to talk to her 7 years ago. She did not want to speak to me."

Hasselbeck went on to explain, "I am happy to have a #momversation about why I would never defend her 2007 comments below" and then included an excerpt from her famous split-screen feud with O'Donnell about the war in Iraq.

"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?'"

In case it isn't clear, Hasselbeck isn't ready to let this one go just yet, even after being slammed by former colleague Joy Behar for her initial remarks.

"I thought that was really kind of below the belt to say that she spits in the face of the military," Behar said on CNN Tonight. "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?"  

"I think it's a hate-filled remark," Behar asserted. "I would like Elisabeth to explain herself."

It seems that's what Elisabeth has tried to do with this latest Instagram share. Whether these #onmymind musings calm or fan the flames remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: O'Donnell hasn't even stepped onstage yet and already the sparks are flying.