Anytime ABC’s “The View” makes news — often, of late — “Fox & Friends” has an expert analyst. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a “Fox & Friends” co-host, is an alumna of “The View,” and this morning she called into her new home base from a staycation to riff on the story from TMZ that Rosie O’Donnell is close to rejoining “The View.” Consistent with her televised oeuvre, Hasselbeck wasn’t shy in expressing her views: “I know Rosie very well. We worked quite closely. Talk about not securing the border. Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who’s been in the face of our military, been in the face of her own network, and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there — coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at ‘The View’ table. ”
Just before O’Donnell left “The View” in 2007 after a single season, she famously clashed with Hasselbeck over the Iraq war.
Hasselbeck said that she attended the May special that celebrated the retirement of Barbara Walters and discovered that O’Donnell appeared in her element. “Would you think that the woman who left the way that she did would be producing [Walters’] goodbye show?” asked Hasselbeck. “The View” is generating a great deal of gossip as it works to fill its seats. Recent departures include not only Walters, but also Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.
Should O’Donnell rejoin the program, she and Hasselbeck would be poised to launch one of those entertaining cross-channel rivalries.