When young, we’re received information that the people who generate us a hard time actually only have a crush on us.
Well, that’s apparently true even when we’re older — and hosting a daytime talk show.
, in which she exposes harboring complicated feelings toward onscreen nemesis Elisabeth Hasselbeck .
Speaking to Variety ’s Ramin Setoodeh , the comedienne recounted the day in May 2007 where she had a 10 -minute fight on national television with her conservative cohost about the Iraq War.
As the two quarreled about who the real terrorists were — Iraqis or the invading U.S. soldiers who reportedly killed over 600,000 Iraqis — O’Donnell mercilessly pestered Hasselbeck over not liking “facts,” to which the Survivor alum countered:
To numerous, it appears to be as if O’Donnell and Hasselbeck were the worst of foes. But Rosie says that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In the book, she claims she “loved” her former cohost and, TBH, had a bit of a “crush” on her!
Looking back on her often pugnacious working relationship with the TV identity, O’Donnell acknowledged:
Oh? Do develop!
She continued, backing up her distrusts:
Ah, the old-fashioned every-girl-who-plays-softball-is-a-lesbian stereotype. We expect better from you, Rosie!
While the SMILF actress declared she had a thing for her 41 -year-old cohost — something Joy Behar conjectured long ago — O’Donnell insisted that she never would have acted on it:
Changing her sports metaphors from baseball to basketball( something we’ll point out for our non-lesbian readers ), the 57 -year-old added:
Scottie Pippen her. If I was Jordan, I was going to give her and the projectile and let her shoot. But it was in no way sexualized .”
So, Rosie didn’t want to corrupted Elisabeth into being gay. She just wanted to bridegroom the newcomer into an entertaining daytime television identity — one who Rosie hoped would be in her reces as she tried to take over the show.
Interestingly enough, there was more behind the scenes drama playing out on the opinion that same time: O’Donnell tried to take the reins of the prove from creator Barbara Walters and executive creator Bill Geddie . Initially, Hasselbeck was playing for O’Donnell’s team.
But, again … not like that!
Eventually, the coalition forces between the two shattered — which applied a strain their onscreen rapport that ultimately led to their infamous blow-up. While, at the time, their heated argument seemed as though it stemmed from a political conflict, O’Donnell explains it was actually more like a devotees’ spat.
Recalling the final straw of their friendship, when Elisabeth refused to defend Rosie from republican commentators, the TV identity said:
So. Many. Emotions.
The book also reveals that, as a result of that contend, ABC found that Hasselbeck’s likability multitudes plummeted with onlookers and never recovered. Seven years later, she was fired from The View because the network craved the program to become less political and visualized the republican commentator was too “polarizing.”
Things worked out, in the end. Elisabeth went on to host Fox and Friends for two years, where she got to be as conservative as she wanted to be and no longer had to put up with the unwanted affections of snarky lesbians …. only older heterosexual men. Like the very best baron intended.
Re-watch their infamous feline contend( below) with this new information 😛
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