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Hasselbeck
communicating with O'Donnell

Hasselbeck
communicating with O'Donnell

Elisabeth 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.

''This weekend 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.

The argument 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 lengthy argument.

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 executives.

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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