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Elisabeth Hasselbeck first appeared on "Survivor: The Australian Outback."

Rosie O'Donnell is Not Thrilled Over Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Return to 'The View'

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By Brenda Neugent

Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck - who returned to her longtime show "The View" on Wednesday - were never friends when they appeared together on the show. They often had arguments on the set, the most infamous one a discussion about the invasion of Iraq that turned into a verbal confrontation. "I'm not going to fight with you anymore, because it's absurd," O'Donnell said in 2006. "So for the next three weeks, you can say all the Republican crap you want." It led to Hasselbeck bringing up the feud between O'Donnell and Donald Trump, who would later become President of the United States.

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Rosie O'Donnell downplayed her feud with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "The View" in the book, "Ladies Who Punch."
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Of course, that was only one of many heated discussions on the set of "The View," meant to be a platform for discussion over a wide range of issues, many of them political, and it often turned into the equivalent of a bombastic holiday dinner with family. Later, however, in the book "Ladies Who Punch" - released after both women had left the show - O'Donnell admitted she had a crush on Hasselbeck. "There was a bit of a crush," O'Donnell said in an interview with the book's author, an interview she later said she'd come to regret.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell appear together during their run on "The View."
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"But not that I wanted to kiss her. I wanted to support, raise, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I was the captain of the team." After their fought, O'Donnell said she was devastated due to their offstage friendship. "It felt like a lover breaking up." Hasselbeck, however, was hardly pleased to hear those words. "I'll be very honest," she told the show "Fox & Friends after reading the book. "I read it and I immediately started praying. Because I’m like, 'How am I going to handle this?'"

Rosie O'Donnell regrets her interview with "Ladies Who Punch" author Ramin Setoodeh, she told USA Today.
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For her part, O'Donnell says that giving the interview to "Ladies Who Punch" author Ramin Setoodeh - which lasted just 20 minutes - is her "biggest regret." "My biggest regret was ever sitting down with him for 20 minutes, and that"s exactly what I did to appease my publicist," O'Donnell told Us Weekly, "But it's my biggest regret. He's a misogynist… and I'm disappointed in him as a human being." Still, that didn't stop O'Donnell from voicing her opinion about the potential return of Hasselbeck to "The View," perhaps to serve as a buffer to back fellow conservative Megan McCain.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck - shown with Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd - spent 10 years on "The View" before leaving. She is now making her return.
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"Oh dear god – not again – enough with her,” O’Donnell tweeted. Things were not different on the set. Hasselback sparred with co-host Joy Behar over the administration's response to the coronavirus, which is spreading quickly across the United States. "We're on the very front end of this right now, and I feel comfortable and confident that because of strong leadership," Hasselbeck said before Behar cut in. "Where’s the strong leadership?" Behar responded. Hasselbeck later said that she planned to pray as protection from the virus otherwise known as COVID-19.

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