Two former co-hosts of ABC’s The View are sparring after Rosie O’Donnell made some weird comments regarding Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
O’Donnell said on Monday that she had a secret crush on Hasselbeck, who co-hosted with her in 2007. The two often got into arguments about politics and in her new book, O’Donnell says:
“I think there were underlying lesbian undertones on both parts,” O’Donnell says about her working relationship with Hasselbeck. O’Donnell backed up this idea with some dubious evidence. “I think this is something that will hurt her if you write it. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball team for two years that won the finals. There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren’t at least a little bit gay.”
Although O’Donnell was attracted to Hasselbeck, she never wanted to act on it. “There was a little bit of a crush,” O’Donnell says in the book. “But not that I wanted to kiss her. I wanted to support, raise, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I was the captain of the team.”
Hasselbeck happened to be on The View Tuesday and addressed the comments, saying the were “reckless, untrue, and not only insulting, [but] disturbing when it comes to how she felt about somebody in the workplace.”
Elisabeth Hasselbeck calls Rosie O’Donnell's comments saying she had a crush on her "reckless, untrue, and not only insulting, [but] disturbing when it comes to how she felt about somebody in the workplace.”
"I feel like I have the grace of forgiveness … I forgive Rosie." pic.twitter.com/vRSywyLiuv
— The View (@TheView) March 26, 2019
O’Donnell wasn’t thrilled with her response, tweeting that she was sorry she got scared:
hey eh – my crush on u was not sexual – sorry u got scared – ❤️surely u recall b4 it all went wrong – i never objectified u – i did find u fantastic – broadway shows – my pool -we were friends once ❤️ god love ya kid – i always did #hasselbeck #raminSUX
— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 26, 2019
She also accused Hasselbeck of being homophobic, sharing a Tweet by another user commenting on the situation.
“I feel like the truth is, (with) what she said, if you took her words and you replaced Rosie for Ronald, there would be an objectification of women in the workplace,” the former “Survivor” contestant said. “That is disturbing and it’s wrong. Whether you’re a man or whether you’re a woman, and you’re objectifying women in the workplace, it’s wrong,” Hasselbeck said.