The View: Barbara Walters’ Farewell Show Set up Rosie O’Donnell to Co-Host?

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former panelist on The View on ABC, suggested that a conspiracy could be behind Rosie O’Donnell returning to co-host the show and that Barbara Walters’ farewell show was a vehicle for it to happen. On Wednesday, in the middle of her vacation, Hasselbeck phoned into the Fox & Friends morning news show which she now co-hosts sounding peeved that Rosie O’Donnell had signed a contract and will be coming back to co-host The View with Whoopi Goldberg.

Rosie O’Donnell, 52, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 37, had a major argument in 2007, causing O’Donnell to leave the show while there was still one month left on her year-long contract. Hasselbeck suggested that her own departure from The View, last year, could have had something to do with paving the way for O’Donnell’s return.

Hasselbeck stated that she thought “this has been in the works a long, long time.” She added that hearing the news helped “ruin” her vacation.

The conservative newswoman likened the re-hiring of Rosie O’Donnell to “not securing the border.” Hasselbeck referred to Rosie O’Donnell as being “the very woman who spit in the face of our military.” Continuing, Hasselbeck said that O’Donnell also “spit in the face of her own network.”

What is more, Elisabeth Hasselbeck also insinuated that even The View creator Barbara Walters’ farewell show on ABC was a vehicle to set the stage for the return of Rosie O’Donnell. According to Hasselbeck, O’Donnell “seemed to have a lot of control for Barbara’s farewell show.” She went on to say that O’Donnell took credit for the idea and stated that the farewell show was “Rosie O’Donnell’s ‘Hello show,’ in my opinion.”

The former co-host of The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, also prognosticated future trouble between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell. She expressed her opinion that she did not believe “it would be wise for Rosie O’Donnell to challenge Whoopi Goldberg on anything.”

Rosie O’Donnell reportedly has it in her contract that she will have at least some of the say over any other co-host that will be hired to work alongside her on The View. That includes, according to sources, there being a stipulation in O’Donnell’s contract that anyone who has been on a reality show will not be hired as the third co-host.

Although The View had some of its highest-rated shows while both Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck were two of the co-hosts, O’Donnell has stated that the reason she left was because the verbal battles she engaged in with Hasselbeck were encouraged.

According to The Examiner, Fox News has claimed that Rosie O’Donnell will be taking over Barbara Walters’ role as the “head honcho” of the series. Fox News is also reportedly playing up the supposed stipulation in O’Donnell’s contract that gives her say as to who will be hired to join Whoopi Goldberg and herself as the third co-host of The View.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former panelist of The View on ABC, expressed her opinion on Wednesday that Rosie O’Donnell’s return to The View was set up by Barbara Walters’ farewell show. In a phone call from the vacation she is on to Fox & Friends morning news program, Hasselbeck voiced her concern about the hiring of O’Donnell and her viewpoint that O’Donnell’s return has been in the process of being set up for a very long time. When Rosie O’Donnell was on The View, the show had fairly consistent high ratings. ABC appears to be counting on the same thing happening again.

Written By Douglas Cobb