During an Instagram Live this Wednesday, March 27, the comedian joked about Hasselbeck’s response to her saying she had a small crush on her during their time co-hosting The View.
"It's crazy. She was so afraid of the concept of a lesbian having a crush on her that she had to go directly to Jesus, do not pass go, do not collect $200," said O’Donnell, 57.
"She kept on calling on Jesus. Yeah, Jesus was going to save her from the gay who thought she was cute!" she continued.
RadarOnline.com readers know that during an interview for Ramin Setoodeh's upcoming expose, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, O’Donnell called Hasselbeck, 41, “a little bit gay” and claimed there were “lesbian undertones” in their close relationship. After reading her remarks, Hasselbeck responded, calling the comments offensive, and saying she would pray for O’Donnell.
“I’ll be very honest. I read it and I immediately started praying. Because I’m like, how am I going to handle this in my old self would be another split screen moment, but now I really feel like by God’s grace I just 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 told Fox & Friends this Tuesday, March 26.
“I can handle that with the grace of God because I need grace and I need forgiveness. So Rosie, I think it was disturbing to read those things and it was offensive to me, but I forgive her. I totally forgive you, Rosie,” Hasselbeck added.
The conservative former co-host also said that if O’Donnell were a man, her comments about having a crush on her would have been even more “disturbing.”
On the comedian’s Instagram Live, a fan thanked her for helping them with their depression, but even in her response, she couldn’t stop joking about Hasselbeck.
"So many of us have it, and there are days where it's really difficult... like days when Elisabeth Hasselbeck says you were grooming her, and that if you were a man named Ronald, Ronald O'Donnell — she has to give me a Reagan name, first of all, that's Republican, which I find annoying — it wouldn't be tolerated," she said.
O’Donnell added that despite Hasselbeck’s beliefs, she was never “grooming” her, "I was loving her. She couldn't take it that somebody was nice to her! She liked me back. It wasn't like a sexual thing, but she liked me back. We were friends, and I have proof. Watch all those episodes.”
After Hasselbeck claimed she tried to call O’Donnell but failed, the actress said: "She definitely should call me as she just accused me of sexually harassing her by having a crush that was mutual. It was!"
Going back to her “gay” softball team comment about Hasselbeck, O’Donnell added: "We were like two girls on a softball team."
Still, O’Donnell admitted the crush was never sexual, and despite the drama going on now, she has infinite love for her former co-host.
"You know what I decided when I took the job on The View and she was the one everyone was worried was going to be a big a**hole, Hasselbeck? I thought to myself, 'I'm going to love her to death. No matter what, I'm going to love her,'" O'Donnell said. "And no matter what she throws at me, that's going to be my mantra."
She reiterated her thoughts on Twitter, hours after hearing Hasselbeck’s response to her comments.
"Hey eh - my crush on u was not sexual - sorry u got scared - ❤️surely u recall b4 it all went wrong," she tweeted. "i never objectified u - i did find u fantastic - broadway shows - my pool -we were friends once ❤️ god love ya kid - i always did #hasselbeck #raminSUX."