*Rosie O’Donnell returned to The View today for the first time since her epic battle with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 2007. The visit went rather smoothly – until the topic turned to Woody Allen’s alleged sexual abuse of his daughter.
Co-host Sherri Shepherd asked O’Donnell to weigh in on the topic. The director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow recently wrote a blog post in which she detailed her accusations she was sexually abused by Allen when she was 7. Allen has denied the accusations, and Walters has stood by him all week. This has caused friction with Sherri, who believes Dylan.
“I totally believe her,” O’Donnell said on Friday’s show, adding that she and Dylan’s adopted mom, Mia Farrow, are “very good friends.” “She’s the best mother I’ve ever seen…I firmly believe Mia, and I firmly believe Dylan,” Rosie said.
Walters defended Allen again, saying, “I think he’s been a good father. So we’ll move on.”
“How did I do on that one?” O’Donnell asks the audience. Wild applause. “That one was tenacious,” O’Donnell says, patting herself on the back. “It could’ve been bad … I could’ve said something even worse — but I was editing! It’s my first time back – I’m afraid I’ll be exiled.”
After a commercial break, Allen’s name was mentioned again. O’Donnell reiterated that it takes tremendous courage for victims of sexual abuse to come forward, and for them not to be believed is heartbreaking. Babs responded by saying that the argument doesn’t need to be rehashed. Rosie feigned fear that she had upset Walters and got quiet quickly.
“I don’t know what I was thinking,” Rosie said apologetically (and sarcastically).