Rosie and Barbara Walters in press feud about The View

Rosie O’Donnell and Barbara Walters are in quite the feud – bashing each other publicly on various shows (and the internet). Rosie says Barbara tries to make it look like all the women of “The View” are BFFs off the set when in fact they aren’t. She’s not saying they’re constantly fighting or anything, but they don’t hang out and don’t have the relationships Barbara tries to paint.

Barbara Walters, [Rosie] told reporters on Wednesday morning, “wanted everyone to believe and think and act as if [the women on ‘The View’] get along and are really good friends and happy and hang out together, and, you know, that’s just not the reality.

“I’m not saying they loathe each other, but the fact of the matter is, there was not a lot of camaraderie off camera.” O’Donnell famously exited the ABC daytime talk show after months of politically charged bickering with her co-hosts, among them Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who came under scrutiny again in this election year as the show’s only staunchly conservative voice.

But she conceded “arguing about politics is not the best use of my talent.” “I didn’t grow up thinking, ‘I hope I can talk about politics.’ If you watch my stand-up comedy, I talk about my life, my family. It only became about [politics] with the job on ‘The View.’

[From the Huffington Post]

Barbara responded with an angry tirade on “The View,” telling Rosie to “get on with your life.”

Barbara Walters made a dig at former “View” host Rosie O’Donnell on Thursday. “There are some people who have done the show and then for years feel they have to dump on it… I resent it. If the shoe fits, lady, ladies, get on with your lives! We are not perfect. We are not always happy.”

Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed and Elisabeth singled out “one [year] more difficult than others”.

Within seconds Walters was being told in her ear by the control room to “get on with it” and the subject was dropped.

[From the Huffington Post]

Rosie responded to Barbara’s rant with a video blog on her website. She makes a few funny jokes like implying the “lady/ladies” Walters was talking about were really Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos. She then plays the line from Eminem’s song “Without Me,” that goes, “Two trailer park girls go around the outside.”

The feud seems to have ended (or is at least paused at this point) with Rosie going on Conan O’Brien’s show and sarcastically joking about what great friends they all are, and how thankful she is to the show. She noted: “Everyone is real good friends. They hang out together. They all go to [TGI] Fridays and have potato skins… I don’t want to dump on the show… to use it for publicity, because I didn’t have a career before that show. I’m very thankful to The View, for the help it’s given me in my life.”

What an exercise in needless melodrama and childish behavior. I don’t want to give them too much credit, but frankly I think both Barbara Walters and Rosie O’Donnell are too intelligent and too capable of doing good when they want, to sink to this level. They both appear petty and small, and it makes me lose respect for them and feel disinclined to listen when they have something worthwhile to say.

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  1. devilgirl says:

    i wish rosie and babs and anyone associated with the view would stfu already. they all suck!

  2. Ron says:


  3. Kaiser says:

    I think it’s Babs who comes out looking worse, honestly. Rosie’s first comments were totally uncontroversial – oh, the View girls don’t always get along! Shocking! Then Babs threw a hissy fit.

    Maybe it’s all so all of them get press? 🙄

  4. doodahs says:

    Didn’t Barbara Walters have a ‘serious’ career before The View? Hope she doesn’t go the way of Joan Rivers – ie crotchety old lady with too many opinions that no one really wants to hear anymore…

  5. RReedy says:

    I wish they would both “SHUT UP ALREADY”!

  6. vdantev says:

    Rosie’s not on the thing anymore, so who gives a crap what she thinks?

  7. Ter says:

    Barbara lost credibility long ago, but this is the cherry on the cake for me. The way she has continually “managed” the lone dissenting opinion (Elizabeth, whining all the way) has been nothing short of Judas reincarnate. Her holier than thou attitude is based on her early journalistic reporting but that has gone by way of the Edsel. I don’t overly care for Rosie either, but in this case, I hope the “blue collar” New Yorker tears the stuffing (read as snootiness)out of the “cultured” New Yorker, and in doing so I would love to see the plastic surgery come unraveled as well.

  8. lanette says:

    if i was barbara i would ignore rosie…
    i mean she is crazy…and not worth responding to.

  9. mollination says:

    Oh Doodahs, please tell me that was not a serious question? Barbara Walters may not be getting better with age (career-wise) but her career pre-view is one any Journalist would envy. Not to mention she made huge strides for women professionally, with very large obstacles she had to overcome to get there.

  10. RaraAvis says:

    Does anyone actually watch this crap? If it wasn’t for the blogs and The Soup, I wouldn’t know the show existed. Let the old ladies snipe all they want; just spare me the details. Next!

  11. Anna says:

    Elizabeth CREATES controversy and dissent wherever she goes. Barbara can’t get rid of her because all these “fights” that Elizabeth creates, UP the ratings. People tune in just to see what STUPID, IDIOTIC thing Elizabeth is going to say next, and how the others will handle it. If Barbara had INTEGRITY she would fire Elizabeth. Barbara is selling her soul to the DEVIL (for ratings!).
    Rosie is great . . . I’m glad she left because the show is DISHONEST. No the hosts are not friends, after the show (or even on the show, for that matter). They ACT like friends, and that is SO PHONY, and an insult to the intelligence of the viewers (and I (we) don’t like being insulted)

  12. Jag says:

    My thought while reading this was, “so?” I mean really… both sides are being childish and petty, and who really cares if they get along or not?

    As RaraAvis said, Next!

  13. Cat says:

    I was so glad when rosie left, she couldn’t do one segment without declaring she was a lesbian, so what! Is that all she is! I may not agree with Elizabeth’s views on all topics but at least she is informative and fun to watch. I would tune into the view anyday and I use to watch Rosie’s show faithfully but once she came out she was just ANNOYING! Who cares who you are sleeping with. Get a life.