Rosie O’Donnell, above, says retired ‘View’ creator Barbara Walters is still a valued presence at the show.
Rosie O’Donnell left “The View” in 2007 so Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s baby could thrive.
At the 11th annual gala benefiting her Rosie’s Theater Kids, O’Donnell, who started her second tour of duty on ABC’s “The View” last week, said she cut short her original contract after only eight months on the job because Hasselbeck was arguing for two and O’Donnell cared about the conservative’s health.
“I didn’t want to be paid to fight with a pregnant woman,” O’Donnell told [email protected] “There was a fetus inside of her. A baby in there. That was like child abuse, to yell at a woman who was showing. So I said rather than do that, I’ll take the risk of being sued and pull myself out of the equation.”
O’Donnell assured us that this time around she expects heated debates with the show’s resident Republican, Nicolle Wallace, but will steer clear of red state-blue state debates if the former McCain-Palin adviser — who already has a 2-year-old — decides to have another baby.
“If she is pregnant I could guarantee you I won’t discuss politics,” O’Donnell said.
So far everyone is getting along swimmingly. Wallace was even on hand for O’Donnell’s Monday night fund-raiser at Midtown’s Marriott Marquis, where we’re told she donated “generously” to her colleague’s charity. Wallace tells us she’s “flattered” to be compared to Hasselbeck, who was on the show for almost a decade, but conservative values aside, says, “I don’t know that we have that much in common.”
Just the same, Wallace says she’s ready to rumble and that her colleagues expect nothing less.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck left ‘The View’ in 2013.
“I auditioned, so Whoopi and Rosie sat with a lot of us and they knew I was a Republican,” she said. “The fact that we have some different views on politics is not a surprise to any of us.”
O’Donnell also claimed that reports of “The View” producer Barbara Walters being kept away from visiting season 18’s set since retiring in May are untrue.
“She was on the first day and she was there the first day,’ O’Donnell said. “She’ll definitely be back.”
She insists that ABC brass are in no way trying to give the show’s creator the heave-ho.
“She’s Barbara Walters, who would want to?” she said. “What would the point of doing that be? A woman who paved the way for every woman on TV? Why would anyone want to do that to a woman in her 80s? Why? Doesn’t make sense, right?”
Sounds like Rosie’s ready to argue with someone. Go Ro!