says she will likely never speak to Elisabeth Hasselbeck
again after an on-air tiff last week with the cohost that
led to O'Donnell's early departure from The View.
The former host
of the ABC daytime chatfest says in a video blog posted
on her Web site that she has never tried harder to be
friends with someone but that she doesn't think she
succeeded with Hasselbeck.
spoken to her, and I probably won't, and I think it's just
as well,'' she said. ''I wrote her an e-mail, and she
wrote me back, and there you have it.''
The fight ended a
colorful eight-month tenure for O'Donnell that lifted
the show's ratings but no doubt caused heartburn for show
creator Barbara Walters. O'Donnell feuded with Donald
Trump and frequently had snippy exchanges with the
more conservative Hasselbeck.
On Friday, ABC
said O'Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from
her contract. O'Donnell said last month she would be leaving
because she could not agree to a new contract with ABC
executives. In the video blog, she said she never
really fit in.
''I was really
just like a foster kid for a year,'' she said. ''I came,
you know, we considered adoption, but I didn't really fit
into the family, and now it's time for the foster kid
to go back home.''
up that chief writer Janette Barber drew a mustache on a
photo of Hasselbeck at the show's studio before they left.
''It was a joke on the way out,'' she said.
Calls to ABC and
Walters were not immediately returned Monday.
The argument with
Hasselbeck began Wednesday over O'Donnell's statement
last week about the war: ''655,000 Iraqi civilians have
died. Who are the terrorists?''
Talk show critics
accused O'Donnell of calling U.S. troops terrorists.
O'Donnell called Hasselbeck ''cowardly'' for not saying
anything in response to the critics, which set off
their lengthy argument. (AP)