Rosie O'Donnell 'Not Sorry' to Be Leaving The View
ABC announced Friday that O'Donnell would not return to the show after having a major blowout with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck earlier in the week. She had been scheduled to leave the show when her contract expires in June.
As is her style, O'Donnell answered reader questions on her Web site. When a fan, identified as MACaroni, wrote: "Sorry UR leaving early! I miss U when UR not on so now I wont watch! Best of luck to you!" O'Donnell answered, "dont b sorry/ i am not."
When another fan, Tony, asked: "Don't you want to do an interview something to clear the air?," O'Donnell replied: "no interviews/ u watched it happen/ b 4 ur eyes."
O'Donnell also produced a 13-minute video in which she discusses the incident and shoots down rumors that she trashed the dressing room, saying: "I've never trashed anything, frankly."
She does acknowledge that a friend, who was a producer for The View, drew a moustache on a picture of Hasselbeck at The View studios. "It was only one photo, people, and it was a magazine cut-out. It was a cute little joke on the way out."
Asked by a reader if O'Donnell "ever enjoyed Elisabeth," O'Donnell said, "I can say this: I never tried harder to be friends with someone than I did with her, but I don't think we ever got there."
As for her place on the show, she said: "I was really just like a foster kid for a year. We considered adoption, but I didn't really fit in with the family, and now it's time for the foster kid to go back home."
She also says the final blow was when her image was shown side-by-side with Hasselbeck's during their fight. "When I saw the split screen I knew it was over."
Though most questions and comments on the site were from supporters, some were critical. Wrote one reader labeled as Erica: "Elisabeth really gave it to you! You are retreating like a coward. How does it feel to be such a loser???" to which O'Donnell responds, "peace full."
Asked if she has spoken to Hasselbeck since the on-air fight, O'Donnell says, "She called and Kelli [Carpenter, O'Donnell's partner] and her she spoke for a long time. I haven't spoken to her and I probably won't, and I think it's just as well."
After the fight on Wednesday, Hasselbeck, 29, told TV's Extra that she and O'Donnell, 45, harbor no resentment toward one another.
"The best thing about today is that there's no slow boil, none. It's there, it's an issue, it's dealt with and it's over," she said.