In the explosive tell-all Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View," Rosie O'Donnell, a former co-host of The View, made some controversial comments about her former coworkers. One of these remarks was that Whoopi Goldberg was: "as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally — while I was sitting there. Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her."
When O'Donnell appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on June 24, she gave an update on her relationship with Goldberg.
"Believe it or not, we bumped into each other physically at the Megan Mullally show of her concert in Cafe Carlyle and we were very cordial and said hello, and I worked on a project with her for ABC since this whole 'McGillicuddy' occurred," O'Donnell shared. "And I'm always going to respect her. I'm always going to look up to her; she was somebody who was inspirational in my career and you like to keep those people in a place of reverence if you can and that's what I'm hoping to do."
O'Donnell also made comments about her on-air spat and relationship with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, alleging, "There were underlying lesbian undertones on both parts." She explained her position, saying, "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."
Hasselbeck responded by saying, "I think her casting a stereotype on female athletes and what she said — that all female athletes are ‘a little bit gay’ — I would say this directly to her, and I would say, ‘That’s an unfair stereotype, and it seems selfish in a way and I think that it’s untrue.’”
On WWHL, Andy Cohen asked O'Donnell if she thinks Hasselbeck misinterpreted her anecdotes in The View book. To hear what she had to say about that, press play on the video above.
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