Elisabeth Hasselbeck is so pissed off that Rosie O’Donnell is returning to The View

Back in 2007, when The View was much more relevant and popular, co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell got into a heated argument over the way that conservative pundits were portraying Rosie’s opinion. That argument led to Rosie leaving the show after just nine months, and she later said that she thought the argument was pre-planned by producers. Elisabeth stayed on The View for six more years, finally departing last summer to head over to Fox News’ Fox and Friends, where was free to let her conservative flag fly.

It was thought that Elisabeth and Rosie buried the hatchet at some point, but there are obviously still hard feelings there. On Fox and Friends, Elisabeth discussed Rosie’s return to The View as if it were a personal affront to her. She also said that she thought Rosie’s deal with producers was in the works for several months, and she was incredibly miffed about it. Elisabeth called in to Fox and Friends because she’s currently on vacation, and she bitched about how this news ruined her vacation. Video is here and a partial transcript is below.

What could ruin a vacation more than to hear news like this?

I know Rosie very well. We worked quite closely. Talk 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.

Coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at The View table. Not surprising, I believe this has been in the works for a long time.

Go back to the reunion show for Barbara. When you have a woman who again insinuated that our own troops in Iraq were terrorists at the time then left the show, meanwhile still at the end of her contract. To have such ease at Barbara’s goodbye show was shocking to me. She walked around with a lot of control. And then when I had the chance to talk to her, Rosie herself told me on set, while we were miked up, that she produced the reunion show and that it was her idea. Do you think that the woman who left the way she did would be producing Barbara’s goodbye show? Here’s the shocker, it was actually her ‘hello show.’

Anyone who is going to be in that seat, if this is going to play out how I think it is, will have to be fully approved by Rosie. Let’s not forger, Whoopi Goldberg is sitting there. Whoopi is an EGOT, Whoopi has more trophies in her case than Rosie. She’s the leader on that show. I’m going to be very interested to see how that goes… I don’t think it would be wise for Rosie to challenge Whoopi on anything.

[From Fox News and Video]

They also played a clip from TMZ live where Harvey Levin praised Elisabeth Hasselbeck and said that she held the show together by having a dissenting opinion. Then the Fox guy said that the problem with “this latest batch” is that everyone had “the same view, you need to have an opposing view otherwise it’s just dull.” Hello?! This is coming from Fox and Friends. Do they regularly showcase other opinions or have a panelist who doesn’t nod and smile along with the company line?

Elisabeth has been off The View since last summer, I get that she’s still attached to it but this doesn’t affect her at all. She’s moved somewhere where she fits in perfectly. It’s been years since she’s worked with Rosie and she obviously hates the fact that Rosie may be taking over Barbara’s role somewhat. I disagree that Whoopi and Rosie are going to butt heads. I bet they’ll get along quite well. They may not meet eye-to-eye on everything, but Rosie is going to be a much better boss than Barbara Walters.

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  1. It is what it is says:

    That picture of Rosie in glasses, doing who knows what with her arms…that is amazing! Hahaha! Thank you for that one.

  2. Lilacflowers says:

    Dear Elizabeth, you silly, selfish, self-centered little moron, here are some examples of far worse news you could receive on your vacation: a tsunami warning while your children are swimming in the ocean; the plane you are on is having engine trouble and you’re flying over the middle of the Pacific; news from back home that a family member has just died; while changing your bathing suit, you find a hard lump in your breast. Just a few examples. Grow up.

  3. Abbott says:

    So if LeBron returns to Cleveland, will that make him the Rosie O’Donnell of the NBA? Can we try to start that?

  4. GiGi says:

    This is actually one of my favorite stories. Elisabeth Hasselback (beck? idk.) is just the worst. She fits right in at Fox – all bluster and no substance.

    I couldn’t believe that she was so ripped that Rosie was rejoining The View. Who cares? It literally has nothing to do with Elisabeth, but of course, she sees it as a direct affront to her. Why? To call in and talk about how some random entertainment program casting has ruined your vacation is just so narcissistic. She must be a joy to live with.

  5. Hautie says:

    I suspect that Elizabeth is still p*ssed that she got ran off from “The View”. She did not leave that job willingly. Plus it is a much better job to be on a network talk show daily… than on some random cable news show. With a bunch of harpies like her self. She is no longer the special butterfly she was on ABC.

    And yea… I bet Rosie was pleased to inform Elizabeth, personally, of her glorious return to “The View”. I do not expect to see Elizabeth invited back to ABC anytime soon either, since she is out there running her hateful mouth.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, I was always under the impression she was given the boot, so this probably gets her goat even more so because of it.
      If she were smart, she wouldn’t have commented at all, or said something like “Oh really? I’ve been so busy with my new job I haven’t been paying attention to that show.” Instead crying that it ruined her vacation? Pathetic.

  6. lisa2 says:

    EH needs to STFU.. she should be over this. It was over 6 years ago. I think she is mad that she was not asked to come back. I think Rosie will do fine on The View. I can’t watch the show because they all talk over each other. No one knows the art of Listening.

    I caught the show the other day and it was very clear to me that Whoopi is over Sherry and Jenny. She doesn’t talk much and lets them kind of ramble; screaming and being way too over the top.

    I think they should bring on that Stacy Dash chick or Candace Cameron-Bure. They would both be interesting..

  7. Dorothy#1 says:

    I love Rosie, I’m so glad she’s coming back. I’ve barely watched since Joy left and Jenny is a twit, I hated watching her. Elizabeth is just bitter she got fired.

  8. Word Girl says:

    Melissa had a long run and now it’s over. Best to accept it and move on. It’s not like she’s suffering anyway. She’s super rich and has found another gig. Time to move on from the meangirling.

  9. escondista says:

    Hasselbeck called in for ratings, pure and simple. Fox likes to rile the base using any means necessary. I don’t know if Elizabeth actually cares or if summer boredom has left her network with too few things to scream about.

  10. Lizzie K says:

    Meh, I don’t watch the View and don’t care who is on it, but I am still pissed off at Barbara Walters for bringing Elizabeth Hasselbeck to prominence. She has one of the most annoying voices on the planet, and why ANYONE would want her for a talk show is beyond me.

  11. pretty says:

    i only know her through Survivor. she seemed like a sweet girl back then… i hate to judge people but i just can’t comprehend how women…can be….conservative in this internet age…

    • Steph says:

      Easy…..to be conservative,especially if you are a woman. Just another view…which is not appreciated on this web site. Let the assault begin.

      • Diana says:

        Being conservative used to mean something very different than it does today, though. The conservative, Republican party has been hijacked by social extremists on the one end and, on the other, corporations looking to maximize their profit at the expense of the average working man/woman.

        You used to be able to actually look at the parties and understand each one’s point of view. Now, it’s just absolute, contradictory madness on both sides, propped up by insidious fear-mongering propaganda. I can see how a woman /might/ support the conservative social extremes that, ultimately, dis-empower women as a whole (religious ideology and internalized patriarchal ideas, to start), but ultimately — unless you are a rich, white man or a religious extremist, it doesn’t make much sense to be a Republican in this day and age.

      • Meijia says:

        Conservative ? Liberal? I am absolutely sick of both parties. The rant on both side is ridiculous. I watch Fox , ABC and MSMBC to try to get a varied view becuse i have yet to find a media that is not either or? The hysteria on both sides has reached an unprecedented level and I blame both parties. Where are the sensible. People? By the way I am in a red state and do practice Christianity and really resent it when people from other areas labels me a conserative or Republican, believe it or not some of us religious South people are very moderate.

      • Inconceivable! says:

        Steph – I agree. As a conservative (but not a member of the “Religious Right”), I find it frustrating to see all the negative comments to women that happen to have an opposing view. Considering Democrats & liberals claim to be inclusive of everyone who may be different…they certainly don’t include bring tolerant of Republican women.

      • From North of Boston says:

        Whenever I meet someone who says they are a conservative, I usually ask them what they are trying to conserve. The ones who can think for themselves usually laugh, and we go on to have some pretty interesting discussions. And we often find that we have some common ground.

        I may be labeled politically as “liberal” but am interested in conserving things like personal freedoms (as long as they don’t impact someone else’s personal freedoms), natural resources and the environment (so that the children of this generation will inherit the amazing planet that we inherited and have some hope they can continue to live on it) , the separation of church and state . And as much as many extreme right-wing conservatives talk about wanting to limit the reach of the government (like trying to eliminate safety net programs or eliminate measures that could help keep criminal or unstable people from becoming armed) they seem REALLY REALLY KEEN that the government, or some other ruling organization has every right to dictate what I, as a woman, can do with my body, in my bedroom, in my marriage to the person of my choosing or under guidance of my doctors. The hypocrisy of some is astounding, between the values they claim and what they do or what they want the government to do. I think that is what is being referred to when people wonder how women can be “conservative”

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        It depends on what you mean by “conservative”, doesn’t it? If you let me live in peace and don’t try to impose a bunch of nonsense on me, I don’t care what you call yourself. Just don’t demonize me because I disagree with you or because I want my tax dollars spent feeding children and old people instead of bombing Iraq or Afghanistan.

  12. Mia4S says:

    Bitter baby needs her bottle? Seriously this ruined her vacation? How pathetic!

    I don’t agree with Rosie on many things but she is very watchable. The View made a good call. Plus she has banned reality show stars from being co-hosts. Bravo, standards!!

  13. Talie says:

    I was a bit shocked by her behavior! I remember at the reunion show, she and Rosie were both tweeting pics of the two of them… I thought they made up!

    What a petty person…but she is also probably thrilled because now she can dissect all of Rosie’s comments on The View on Fox & Friends. That’s what they used to do. Rosie keeps her relevant.

  14. Tiffany27 says:

    Girl eat a snickers. She sounds hangry.

  15. Nev says:


    she’s turning into Anne Coulter. ugh.

  16. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Anyone with any connection to the View takes that show way too seriously. It’s over. Nobody cares.

  17. Neelyo says:

    Hasselbeck left the greener pastures of ABC to join the Fox News line-up of Blonde Fembot Newsreaders and she’s mad that nobody wanted her back.

  18. Sugar says:

    Rosie O’Donnell is an angry, unpleasant woman who I highly doubt viewers will tune in to see.

  19. lisa says:

    i still cant believe the spew ever lasted one season.

  20. truthSF says:

    Hearing that Elisabeth’s vacation was ruined over this news makes this the best news ever!

    Ps… she’s just mad that Rosie has the power to allow/not allow who she wants on the show, and she’s banning anyone from a reality show background from co hosting the show. And we know where Lizzie got her start at, right? :-D

  21. Jennifer says:

    I can not stand Elizabeth….in fact, the only time I specifically paid attention to her was because of Rosie. Rosie is a hard pill to swallow, but I have always believed she stands by her convictions unlike Elizabeth!

  22. Putchka says:

    EH & her fake, frozen smile. What a twit. Rosie is a lot of things but not a shallow idiot.

  23. Lara K says:

    EH to me is the epitome of a brainless bimbo.
    She is so dumb I can’t even get mad at her. She is too dumb to even understand why she needs to shut up. Poor thing.
    Go back to Faux my dear, and let people with more than 2 brain cells make the decisions on real networks.

  24. Maya Memsaab says:

    Can EH, Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin be sent to some uncharted bit of the Amazon rainforest and THEN the ‘border be secured’?

  25. Marianne says:

    Why does she care so much? I mean really? If I had a co-worker that I disliked and butted heads over…but eventually she left the establishment and I ended up leaving and finding a new job, I wouldn’t care if she got her old job back or not. I really wouldn’t. You know why, I dont have to see her everyday or work with her anymore.

  26. Dawn says:

    She and her overly right wing opinion is where it is meant to be and that is at Fox . I really don’t believe that she is really upset by this. I thought she was always hoping to move over to Fox and was happy to be off The View. I think Rosie will add some kick to this show because it so sorely needs it.

  27. Word Girl says:

    The View was already wrecked. The only 2 I really was Joy and Barbara. The show was the babe of the existence of what they were trying to accomplish, which was to bring women if different backgrounds together to speak on important topics objectively with some juxtaposition for entertainment. Instead viewers just saw a bunch of women bicker, like a bunch of 6 year olds, and the arguments were mainly about race. I was thinking, please pull the plug and give the talented Joy Behar her own show.

  28. Gonzalez says:

    As long as Hasselbeck exists, the Kardashians will continue getting a pass from me. God I can’t stand that slag.

  29. dancinnancy says:

    I stopped caring about The View years ago, but I definitely won’t watch now. I’ll never forget Rosie having Tom Selleck on her show and then ambushing him about the NRA. Pretty hypocritical of a woman who hired gun toting body guards.

    Anywho sour grapes all around it seemed. I don’t like Elizabeth but I did like that she challenged people – sometimes even respectfully.

  30. Altariel says:

    I actually went to see the View the very next day after the blow out. Rosie, sadly was not there, the excuse was she was celebrating her girlfriend’s birthday. But she never returned. I was so hoping for an encore performance that day lol

  31. The Original G says:

    I’m always amazed that she seems to have not one iota of gratitude for the platform and profile that Barbara gave her with The View. She thinks she’s smart and special.

    The View is deader than dead. Why would Rosie want anything to do with it? She used to be talented.

    • mayamae says:

      Rosie made some positive changes last time she joined the show. Her old show was very successful, and she changed some of The View’s practices. Two that I can remember, is taping Friday’s show Wednesday afternoon so they only have a four day work week, and all the giveaways to the audience.

  32. wow says:

    I dont particularly like either of those women, but I really don’t like Rosie O’Donnell. Elizabeth shold not have even commented negatively beung that she has moved on to (in her world) a dream job. I was in this same position professionally years ago and that is what I did. I was too busy enjoying my dream job to even focus on what was going on at my old job. Success and truly being happy is honestly the best hings to focus on.

    Instead of the negative verbal diarrhea, Elizabeth should have congratulated Rosie on air and wished her well…and mean it. Lol. I’ve learned that when people expect or even want you to act salty, you turn it around and give them sugar.

  33. Mindy says:

    Why should she even care? After awhile she wasn’t at home on THE VIEW with the way most of the ladies undermined her opinion . Even though I didnt agree with alot of what she said I think she was treated pretty shabbily at times. Fox News is her turf as far as her opinions go. She should be alot happier and not care where Rosie goes.

  34. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    Can’t stand that shrew, Elizabeth. What a hag. Fox is where she belongs, if she has to be on tv at all.

  35. Jenns says:

    LOL, Rosie’s return was just confirmed. Liz is probably about to explode.

  36. LilyT says:

    I fully endorse anything that pisses off that Hasslebeck twat. GO ROSIE!

  37. Kay V says:

    Does anyone care about The View anymore or who cackles on it?

  38. Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

    If Elisabeth is sent to Night Vale, this won’t seem so bad. All hail the Glow Cloud, right?

  39. Liz says:

    I liked Rosie on the show. She has strong opinions that she is not afraid to defend. I was very disappointed when she left. Joy and Meredith were also such a great part of the show. I also enjoyed Elizabeth’s opinion even though I didn’t agree with her. She sounds very bitter now and in that pic she looks so old and HARD. She’s really gone downhill. Meghan doesn’t have enough personality. She’s missing a light-hearted, fun quality that at her age should be there.

    • joan says:

      The first reaction I had was, Boy is she jealous! What’s she so jealous about?

      She didn’t want to stay on the show but when Rosie comes back she’s furious.

      Maybe she’s jealous that Whoopi and Rosie and others will have a brand new show w/o Wawa, and it might be really good.

  40. LMS says:

    Elisabeth used to be so cute and pretty. Now she just looks hard and angry.

  41. Kate says:

    Has Elisabeth had cheek implants? Something seems very ‘off.’

  42. Jana says:

    Just hearing that shrill b!+@# makes my teeth hurt. She should just be grateful that she has decent legs, or she would have never been hired at Fox News. She is an @$$hat.

  43. Meg says:

    I thought the crew on the view leaked to page 6 about her being fired because they didn’t like her and wanted her out-remember when barbara went on the air the next day denying that elizabeth was leaving only to have her ‘resign’ months later? she was asked to resign and is now pissed that the very people who asked her to resign are welcoming rosie back-this is why she let this news bother her so much during her vacation.

  44. Eh defends Christine odonnel, remember that bit, i am not a witch!!! or stumping for sarah after finding out she spent over 150,000 on clothes during a global meltdown, it just galls me that the same people want less government, want to control women’s bodies, let the religious right run the SCOTUS , thinks that people who just want the right to not be fired or be treated like a second class citizen have a secret agenda, she is extremely thin skinned, and she fits in perfectly at fox, i personally think she is p-ss that she was not given the job, after all she was so famous before a stint of a reality show and before that designing shoes for puma for all of two years, after her BFA degree, when ever she forced to defend her positions she turns into poor poor me, for me it was pout rage over Erin andrews costumes on DWTS and then the fake tears the next day and using her kid as the reason she was sorry, She was sorry that abc owns both shows and siding with a convicted stalker was not in ABC interest , the best thing about the view was the snl parody, and there are plenty of smart GOP women, Meghan McCain, Nicole Wallace, to name a few that would actually know about governance , i mean really people come on , she reminds me of the Simpsons episode this fall in tribute to Ms K where kent brockman is very bitter for not leaving springfeild like Rach Maddow did, moves to NY gets hired on by fox and is shown how its a gop mouth piece, and even Kent says no way lol!!!!!!

  45. India Andrew says:

    I stopped watching The View a couple of years ago and with rosie’s return, see no reason to return to watching it. I agree with people who say The View was at its best when they had a strong dissenting voice on it. The debate was more interesting.