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For many of Season 10 of “The View,” which aired from 2006 to 2007,Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck publicly feuded on TV. However in a brand new ebook, O’Donnell reveals extra difficult feelings about her former conservative colleague.
In “Girls Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’” by Selection‘s Ramin Setoodeh, O’Donnell talks in regards to the notorious day in Could 2007 the place she had a 10-minute battle on TV with Hasselbeck in regards to the Iraq Battle. An excerpt of the chapter, “My Mouth Is a Weapon,” which particulars what occurred and O’Donnell’s subsequent departure from “The View,” will seem on this week’s journal version of Selection.
To many viewers, it seemed like O’Donnell and Hasselbeck had been mortal enemies. However O’Donnell says that wasn’t the case. “I cherished her,” O’Donnell says within the ebook. O’Donnell recollects how she initially tried to mildew Hasselbeck by giving her recommendation about how you can debate on TV. “Right here’s what I stated, ‘I’m the senior. She’s the freshman. I’ve acquired a extremely good participant on the freshman crew, however I’ve to show her how you can loosen up.’”
There was turmoil behind-the-scenes that 12 months, as O’Donnell tried to take management of the present from creator Barbara Walters and govt producer Invoice Geddie. Initially, Hasselbeck sided with O’Donnell.
After which there was this: Pleasure Behar speculated that O’Donnell had a crush on Hasselbeck, which O’Donnell confirms within the ebook. “I feel there have been underlying lesbian undertones on each components,” O’Donnell says about her working relationship with Hasselbeck. O’Donnell backed up this concept with some doubtful proof. “I feel that is one thing that can damage her if you happen to write it. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball crew for 2 years that received the finals. There will not be many, in my life, women with such athletic expertise on sports activities groups which are historically male that aren’t at the least a bit bit homosexual.”
Though O’Donnell was drawn to Hasselbeck, she by no means needed to behave on it. “There was a bit little bit of a crush,” O’Donnell says within the ebook. “However not that I needed to kiss her. I needed to assist, increase, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I used to be the captain of the crew.” O’Donnell modified sports activities metaphors from baseball to basketball. “I used to be going to Scottie Pippen her. If I used to be Jordan, I used to be going to present her and the ball and let her shoot. Nevertheless it was by no means sexualized.”
O’Donnell stated that she was deeply damage by Hasselbeck, and their battle on TV was about extra than simply politics. The ultimate straw was when Hasselbeck wouldn’t defend O’Donnell from conservative critics. “It felt like a lover breaking apart,” O’Donnell says about her final day on TV with Hasselbeck. “The battle that we had, to me as a homosexual lady, it felt like this: ‘You don’t love me as a lot as I really like you.’ ‘I’ve taken care of you.’ ‘You haven’t.’ ‘How may you try this to me?’ ‘I didn’t do something to you.’”
The ebook additionally reveals that on account of the battle, inner analysis at ABC indicated that Hasselbeck’s likability numbers plummeted with viewers they usually by no means recovered. Seven years later, in March 2013, Hasselbeck was fired from “The View,” as a result of the community needed this system to turn into much less political. ABC executives thought Hasselbeck was too “polarizing” and he or she was hurting the present.
When the present’s govt producer Geddie informed Hasselbeck that her contract wasn’t being renewed, she began to cry. “Did she comprehend it was coming? I don’t assume so,” Geddie says within the ebook, confirming for the primary time that Hasselbeck was fired. “She was emotional. I used to be emotional.”
“Girls Who Punch” will likely be out there in bookstores on April 2.