Rosie Says She And Elizabeth Hasselbeck Shared ‘Lesbian Undertones’ – Elizabeth’s Like, ‘Oh, Hell No!’

Written by K. Walker on March 28, 2019

Did Rosie just get a #MeToo slapdown from her former colleague on The View?

In a new book, ‘Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View”‘ written by Variety’s Ramin Sedtoodeh, Joy Behar says that she had suspicions that Rosie had a thing for her Christian conservative co-host, Elizabeth Hasselback. Rosie confirms this in her comments to Sedtoodeh.

Although they often argued on-camera, Rosie claims that the pair shared ‘lesbian undertones’ in their interactions when they were on the show together between 2006-07.

Watch one of the more fiery interactions, which, incidentally, references Rosie’s ongoing feud with Donald Trump a decade before he became President:

In Ladies Who Punch, Rosie used weird sports metaphors while claiming that, in her experience, she has met very few girls who have athletic talent in sports that are traditionally male ‘that aren’t at least a little bit gay.

Here is the relevant selection from the book as reported in Variety:

Joy Behar speculated that O’Donnell had a crush on Hasselbeck, which O’Donnell confirms in the book. “I think there were underlying lesbian undertones on both parts,” O’Donnell says about her working relationship with Hasselbeck. O’Donnell backed up this idea with some dubious evidence. “I think this is something that will hurt her if you write it. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball team for two years that won the finals. There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren’t at least a little bit gay.

But Rosie says it wasn’t like that.

She claims it was a bit of a crush, but not sexualized at all.

Although O’Donnell was attracted to Hasselbeck, she never wanted to act on it. “There was a little bit of a crush,” O’Donnell says in the book. “But not that I wanted to kiss her. I wanted to support, raise, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I was the captain of the team.” O’Donnell changed sports metaphors from baseball to basketball. “I was going to Scottie Pippen her. If I was Jordan, I was going to give her and the ball and let her shoot. But it was in no way sexualized.”

O’Donnell said that she was deeply hurt by Hasselbeck, and their fight on TV was about more than just politics. The final straw was when Hasselbeck wouldn’t defend O’Donnell from conservative critics. “It felt like a lover breaking up,” O’Donnell says about her last day on TV with Hasselbeck. “The fight that we had, to me as a gay woman, it felt like this: ‘You don’t love me as much as I love you.’ ‘I’ve taken care of you.’ ‘You have not.’ ‘How could you do that to me?’ ‘I didn’t do anything to you.’”
Source: Variety

It wasn’t sexualized says Rosie, but she then describes the departure as a ‘lover breaking up.’

Hasselback appeared on The View on Tuesday and spoke about the alleged ‘lesbian undertones’. She said that the claims were ‘reckless, untrue,‘ and ‘not only insulting but disturbing as to how she [Rosie] felt about somebody in the workplace.

HASSELBACK: But if you replace what Rosie said and you take her name out and you put in Ruben or Robert, then we would be in a situation where you would see the objectification of a woman in the workplace. And that’s disturbing because where we may be really against that when it comes from a man to a woman. you don’t get a pass because you’re a lesbian objectifying a woman in the workplace. You just don’t.

Behar: Well, she didn’t say anything about the Way you looked or anything, she just said that she had a crush on you. is that the same thing? I’m just curious.

Hasselback: There were words in her statement that said she had intentionally tried to groom me and take me under her wing.

Goldberg: Does that mean Brush your hair?

Hasselback: I don’t know. the feeling was not mutual. But I did respect her as a co-host and as a person in the office—as I think it should happen in all workplaces. But I think what we’re hearing is: We should be as disturbed about that in this case as we have been in the fact if her name was Robert.

Secondly, I think what she said about female athletes — if you’re an athletic girl, and you’re competitive and you’re gritty — And I wore eyeblack and slid into second base, and if you’re a runner, or a pitcher, or whatever your sport is  — basketball, whatever it is, it’s a lie and it’s reckless to attach a sexuality to that. And I think It’s selfish on her part, And I would say it to my friend. Just because you’re athletic, it doesn’t have anything to do with your sexual preference. It just doesn’t

And then third, I would say this  — One more thing, I would say this, I Do feel like — I would call her if I had her number, I tried yesterday — I believe that, Above all, I’ve been given a lot of grace by God, and I mess a lot of things up and continue to do so. I feel like I have the grace of forgiveness and i forgive rosie. I absolutely forgive her because I was disturbed by what she said and I was offended by it. She has my forgiveness full heart, and I really pray that she can have the peace that she deserves. That’s my ultimate prayer, and there may be some truth-tackling to be done in it. But it’s not without the grace that I hope that she’s okay and I hope that she’s at peace and I hope that she and I can get to a place of peace at some point. But more, I want it for her more than anything else. That’s all that I have about that.

Hasselback spoke in a heartfelt way about how the comments made her feel, that Rosie was still her friend, and how her faith is instrumental in instructing her on how to handle difficult situations such as this.

Relevant comments at the 4:35 mark:

Boom!

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll