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Though the trio no longer co-host The View, Hasselbeck phoned in to Fox & Friends during her "staycation" Wednesday to slam O'Donnell for reportedly being in negotiations to return for Season 18. "I think this has been in the works for a long time," said the conservative TV personality, who referenced her infamous split-screen fight with O'Donnell in 2007. Hasselbeck also said she is "very interested" to see how O'Donnell might interact with veteran co-host Whoopi Goldberg—if O'Donnell returns, that is.
"I know Rosie very well. We worked quite closely. Talk about not securing the border!" Hasselbeck said. "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, coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at the View table."
Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon that night, Behar criticized Hasselbeck's harsh commentary. "I thought that was really kind of below-the-belt, to say she spits in the face of the military. I would like Elisabeth to explain herself," she said, pointing out that O'Donnell's eldest son is in military school. "What does she mean by that? And isn't it kind of a nasty thing to say about somebody who basically is a good person?" She added, "That's a dangerous thing to say about somebody. I think it's a hate-filled remark."