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Rosie O'Donnell had her fair share of heated arguments when she cohosted The View back in 1996-7. So of course, O'Donnell had something to say about Thursday's big blow-up, when Bill O'Reilly's anti-Muslim sentiments caused Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set. On her Sirius radio show last week, the comedian said that having O'Reilly on The View means asking for trouble.
"What does he do besides that? That's what Bill O'Reilly does," said O'Donnell, who says that the Fox News personality "incited hatred" on the show. "Why would you book him?"
According to Popeater's sources, O'Donnell secretly blames Barbara Walters for allowing O'Reilly's incendiary statements to go unchallenged.
"Rosie thinks Babs should have stuck up for her girls," says the unnamed friend. "It doesn't matter who was right or wrong, Bill was a guest in her house and he was very rude and belittled her ladies... Barbara scolding Joy and Whoopi in front of Bill was humiliating. After Bill's outrageous comments, Barbara should have chewed him out -- not try to remain neutral and calm."
Rosie was probably having some flashbacks to her own days on The View, when Donald Trump claimed that Barbara Walters was privately bad-mouthing Rosie. Walters denied this on camera (see video below), but the relationship between O'Donnell and the legendary news anchor has been strained ever since.
O'Donnell also has a history of animosity with Bill O'Reilly, who has been making negative comments about her on The O'Reilly Factor for over ten years. In 2002, O'Donnell appeared as a guest on O'Reilly's show for an antagonistic debate about gay adoption. When O'Reilly appeared on The View five years later, moderator Rosie brought signs to hold up when she disagreed with him (although it turns out she didn't have that much self-control -- see video below.)
Barbara Walters, who chastised Goldberg and Behar for walking out, is expected to address the incident on Monday's The View. As for Rosie, it might be best if she keeps biting her tongue; after all, she promised Oprah she'd play nice from now on!
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