Hasselbeck is trying to patch things up with Rosie
O'Donnell, her former cohost on ABC's TheView, after last week's on-air spat. On Tuesday's
show Hasselbeck said she and O'Donnell were ''in
communication a lot,'' though Hasselbeck didn't say
whether they had talked on the phone or exchanged
e-mails. Their confrontation last Wednesday led to
O'Donnell's early departure from the daytime chatfest.
gave us the opportunity to tackle our most important hot
topic yet, and that was the power of forgiveness, and I
believe that we've begun that process,'' Hasselbeck
said. ''And so now that enables us to move on in a
very positive way.... I'm really happy about that.''
Show creator and
cohost Barbara Walters said Tuesday she had been sending
e-mails to O'Donnell and they remain ''close friends.''
Walters also said O'Donnell is welcome back to The
View as a panelist at any time.
between Hasselbeck and O'Donnell began over O'Donnell's
earlier statement about the war: ''655,000 Iraqi civilians
had died. Who are the terrorists?'' Talk-show critics
accused O'Donnell of calling U.S. troops terrorists.
She called Hasselbeck ''cowardly'' for not saying
anything in response to the critics, which set off their
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 couldn't agree to a new contract with ABC
In a video blog
posted Saturday on her Web site, O'Donnell said she
didn't think she and Hasselbeck would ever speak again. ''I
haven't spoken to her, and I probably won't, and I
think it's just as well,'' O'Donnell said. ''I wrote
her an e-mail, and she wrote me back, and there you
have it.'' O'Donnell also said she had never really fit in
on the show. (AP)
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