*They’re at it again.
ABC hasn’t even confirmed Rosie O’Donnell’s return to “The View” yet, and already her former nemesis Elisabeth Hasselbeck is questioning the network’s decision.
The conservative “Fox & Friends” co-host called into the show on her day off this morning to weigh in on the unconfirmed reports, saying she thinks Rosie effectively announced her return the same day Barbara Walters taped her final episode.
Walters’ final episode as “View” co-host was taped on May 15, the same day that all of the present and former “View” co-hosts reunited on the air in the live show that aired earlier that day. Hasselbeck said Wednesday that O’Donnell told her when they were on set together in May that she produced the reunion show and it was her idea.
Hasselbeck also said she was shocked that O’Donnell was so “at ease” that day and “walked around with such control.”
“Do you think that the woman who left the way that she did would be producing Walters’ goodbye show?,” Hasselbeck said of O’Donnell. “Here’s the shocker: It was actually her hello show.”
“I do believe this has been in the works for a very, very long time,” Hasselbeck added.
The Fox News host, who famously sparred with O’Donnell during their year on “The View” together, including the infamous ten-minute, split-screen fight about Iraq, continued to lash out at O’Donnell.
“I know Rosie very well. We worked together quite closely,” Hasselbeck said. “Talk about not securing the border. Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit 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.”
A source close to The View was surprised by Hasselbeck’s comments, wondering why the Fox News anchor didn’t mention anything about her interactions with O’Donnell the day of the reunion show two months ago. Hasselbeck and O’Donnell got along quite well that day, the source added.
Furthermore, the source said Hasselbeck’s comments are “kind of a slap in the face” to the people who worked hard to create Walters’ farewell shows.
Hasselbeck also said she would be interested to see what the dynamic would be between O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg, who is expected to return to ‘The View’ next season.
“Whoopi is not going to let anybody control her,” Hasselbeck said. “She is the leader on that show…I don’t think it would be wise for Rosie O’Donnell to challenge Whoopi Goldberg on anything.”
Hasselbeck closed by saying that “days like this” remind her how thankful she is to be at “Fox & Friends.”
O’Donnell tweeted “shocking” in response to a tweet from Entertainment Tonight’s account saying Hasselbeck “trashes” O’Donnell’s return.
Watch Hasselbeck’s full segment below.