Rosie O’Donnell spoke out this week to reveal some shocking behind-the-scenes details about her time on the ABC talk show “The View,” confirming that there really is a ton of drama.
O’Donnell revealed that she never considered going back to “The View” after leaving the show for a second time a few years ago because of her drama with co-host Whoopi Goldberg. “No, I think we all agreed that the last time, that it was better for everyone,” O’Donnell, 58, said during an interview with Howard Stern. “You know, Whoopi really didn’t like me.”
O’Donnell went on to explain that she had signed on to the show thinking she would be part of an “ensemble,” only to get off on the wrong foot with Goldberg when she signaled for commercial. “She was upset… I threw to commercial because I didn’t know that she saw the countdown,” O’Donnell remembered. “Now, listen, she’s been there forever. Maybe that’s normal. I saw, and there was a pause, and I said, ‘We’ll be right back after this.’”
“That was the first day and then there was trouble from then on,” she added. O’Donnell rejoined the show in 2014 after leaving for the first time in 2007. Ironically, she said she had a “come to Jesus” moment just before returning to “The View” when she told Goldberg at her home that she would only come back if she wanted her to.
“I was thinking we were going to be like Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan,” O’Donnell said, referring to the legendary NBA players. “Like that it was going to be the greatest thing of all time.” O’Donnell left the show after just one season in 2015.
During this interview, O’Donnell also talked about how she bizarrely has become pen pals with Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, after visiting him in prison. She explained that she decided to write to him back in December, at the height of the Democrats’ impeachment efforts against Trump.
“I said, ‘I can’t help but find myself thinking about you there in jail, you who’s from Long Island who sounds like everybody I grew up with, you who’s near my age, you are the guy who’s paying for what this man did. And it seems horrifically unfair,'” O’Donnell said she wrote to Cohen. “And he wrote back to me and said, ‘I can’t believe you’re writing me. I have such guilt over the way I participated, you know, with Trump.’ And so we became pen pals. And then I went to the prison to visit him.”
O’Donnell has been in a longstanding feud with President Trump for over a decade, and her obsessive hatred’s only grown since he took office. Clearly, she’ll become friends with anyone willing to say something bad about him, which may seem pretty pathetic.