Rosie O'Donnell Says Participating on Book About 'The View' is Her 'Biggest Regret'

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(Edge) Rosie O'Donnell is having second thoughts about participating in a new book about "The View."

The former co-host told Us Weekly she wishes she never agreed to sit down with Ramin Setoodeh, who wrote "Ladies Who Punch," a new tell-all book about the daytime talk show. 

"My biggest regret was ever sitting down with him for 20 minutes, and that's exactly what I did to appease my publicist,"she told the magazine at the opening of Broadway's "Oklahoma!" at Circle in the Square Theatre. "But it's my biggest regret."

Nevertheless, Setoodeh told Us Weekly that he is appreciative of O'Donnell for participating in his book.

"I'm grateful that Rosie O'Donnell sat down with me for an honest conversation for my book," he said. "She fundamentally changed 'The View' and is an influential part of the show's history."

O'Donnell has recently found herself in the headlines for her comments about her time on "The View," which she co-hosted from 2006-2007 and again in 2014-2015. Her revelation that she once had a crush on former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck reignited the feud between the comedian and the "Survivor" contestant. 

"I think there were underlying lesbian undertones on both parts," O'Donnell said in the book of Hasselbeck. "I think this is something that will hurt her if you write it. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball team for two years that won the finals. There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren't at least a little bit gay."

For her part, Hasselbeck reacted to the comments during an appearance on "Fox & Friends," saying after reading O'Donnell's quotes, she "immediately started praying."

"And I pray now the Holy Spirit gives me the words to articulate this, but I think it can be addressed with both truth and grace," she added.

O'Donnell again got flack after calling out Kelly Ripa in "Ladies Who Punch" drudging up her feud and claimed Ripa was homophobic towards "American Idol" star Clay Aiken when he filled in as a co-host on her daytime talk show. During that moment, Ripa joked she didn't know where Aiken's hand had been after the placed it over her mouth.

"I had just held a crying boy and then watched him be gay-bashed by Kelly Ripa," O'Donnell said in the book. "I think Kelly Ripa is mean and she doesn't like me, and she has never wanted to discuss what happened. She wanted to have this weird feud."

Us Weekly reports that a source said O'Donnell called to apologize to Ripa at the time.

"Ladies Who Punch" is available now.


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