‘The View:’ What Rosie O’Donnell Recently Said About Meghan and Whoopi
Rosie O’Donnell recently appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen and spoke about several topics, including the some of the current co-hosts of The View. O’Donnell served on the panel from 2006 to 2007, and again from 2014 to 2015, according to Entertainment Tonight.
O’Donnell worked with Meghan McCain’s father
Meghan McCain has been vocal presence since joining the show in 2017, leaving her open to criticism at times being one of the few conservatives on the panel (co-host Abby Huntsman, who is on maternity leave, is also a conservative, according to Newsweek). O’Donnell told Cohen that she has empathy for McCain, who is still in mourning over the loss of her father, the late Senator John McCain.
“I don’t watch it (the show) and I knew her when she was very young,” O’Donnell told Cohen of McCain. “I had the pleasure of working with her father for a lot of the Wounded Warrior Project. And so, got to know him through there and, you know, I think she’s in a difficult position. [She’s] trying to do that while grieving. She was very, very tight with her father, and he had been dying for a while. We watched her daily try to grieve and get through. It’s not really that easy. So I do have some compassion for her.”
O’Donnell also voiced her opinion on McCain’s treatment of another co-host. “I wish she wouldn’t be mean to Joy Behar, who is, you know, like, a living legend, and should be respected for no other reason than she’s the elder statesman in the room,” O’Donnell said.
Where things stand with Whoopi
The recent release of the book Ladies Who Punch by Ramin Setoodeh, which gave behind-the-scenes details of the relationships on the show, described a contentious relationship between O’Donnell and main panelist Whoopi Goldberg. O’Donnell said it was “the worst experience I’ve ever had on television,” and that Goldberg was “as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me,” according to Entertainment Tonight.
O’Donnell told Cohen that now the two are civil. “Well believe it or not, we bumped into each other physically at the Megan Mullally show of her concert in Cafe Carlyle and we were very cordial and said hello,” she said of her speaking with Goldberg. “I worked on a project with her for ABC since this whole McGillicutty occurred. And, you know, I’m always going to respect her. I’m always gonna look up to her. She’s somebody who was inspirational in my career and, you know, you like to keep those people in a place of reverence if you can. And that’s what I’m hoping to do.”
Thoughts on a former co-host
According to Entertainment Tonight, O’Donnell also spoke to Cohen about the highly-publicized prior comments she made about former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, saying she had a “little bit of a crush” on Hasselbeck when they worked together and that there were “underlying lesbian tones on both parts.” Hasselbeck vehemently opposed O’Donnell’s comments at the time. “I think what she said was reckless, untrue and, not only insulting, disturbing when it comes to how she felt about somebody in the workplace,” Hasselbeck told Entertainment Tonight.
O’Donnell had responded to Hasselbeck by posting an apology to her on Twitter, saying, “hey eh – my crush on u was not sexual – sorry u got scared – surely u recall b4 it all went wrong – i never objectified u – i did find u fantastic – broadway shows – my pool -we were friends once god love ya kid – i always did #hasselbeck #raminSUX.” When Cohen brought up the topic and asked O’Donnell if Hasselbeck had taken her comments out of context, O’Donnell firmly said “Yes!”
Only time will tell if O’Donnell’s view of The View gets rosier over time.