Rosie O'Donnell Claims Her Relationship With Elisabeth Hasselbeck Had 'Lesbian Undertones'

Playing Elisabeth Hasselbeck Returns to ‘The View’ for First Time After Being Fired

Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to “The View” for the first time since being fired six years ago. 

It was a lovefest for her and her former co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.

“I always said, ‘Whoopi and I might not feel the same but we love the same,’” Hasselbeck said. 

It wasn't long before her strained relationship with former co-host Rosie O'Donnell came up. In 2007, O’Donnell and Hasselbeck had one of TV’s most infamous on-air arguments. 

In a new bombshell book, "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of the View," Donnell is quoted as saying she had a "crush" on the conservative co-host, even claiming there were “underlying lesbian undertones on both parts." 

"What she said was reckless, untrue, and not only insulting, disturbing when it comes to how she felt about somebody in the workplace," Hasselbeck said Tuesday on "The View" in response to O'Donnell's comments. 

Hasselbeck is promoting her new book, “Point of View,” in which she writes that when she was fired from “The View,” she "could not breathe" and spent 90 minutes "sobbing."   

She went on to co-host “Fox & Friends” for two years. Now the 41-year-old stay-at-home mom of three said she's made peace with her history on “The View.” 

"I can look back on that time and that challenge and it pushed me to a new place," she said Tuesday. 

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