Rosie O'Donnell on Life, Love and Family
In case you missed it, Rosie and Elisabeth got into a heated political debate on live television about the war in Iraq. Previously, Rosie had made controversial comments about America's involvement, and when critics called her "un-American" in the media, she hoped Elisabeth would defend her. She did not.
"We had a friendship in some capacity, and there's something about somebody being different on TV toward you than they are in the dressing room. It didn't really ring true for me," she says. "I just felt it was a betrayal of my friendship, and what you saw there was my hurt feelings."
But her argument with Elisabeth wasn't why she left the show after that day. "I didn't come back because the director and the producer did a split screen, and they had to prepare that in advance. I knew that because I was the producer of my own television show," she says. "I felt there was a little bit of a setup involved in egging me into that position."
After just a few months on The View, Rosie says she knew it wasn't the right fit. "I didn't want to argue for a living," she says. "It was not my show, and I didn't have the control that I was used to. ... And the executive producer and I did not gel."
There were some aspects of the show she did enjoy. "I loved being back in the arena with people. I loved being able to say on television what people were not saying at that time," she says.