‘Ladies Who Punch’ Is Sure To Be A Knockout

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The View Is About To Have An Explosive Tell-All!

In the wake of recently finding out two of The Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell and Melanie Brown, slept with one another decades ago, we’re finding out about some more alleged girl on girl action. This time, it’s between some of daytime talk show The View’s most recognizable and rival co-hosts, Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. It’s been years since the infamous war waged between liberal, openly gay O’Donnell and Republican Hasselbeck when the series, for the first time, was brought to a split screen as they battled over politics, the Iraq war, and character. O’Donnell would quit the show soon thereafter and would venture back once Hasselbeck was seemingly fired many years later. Now, ahead of the release of Ramin Setoodeh’s behind the scenes novel, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, O’Donnell makes claims she and Hasselbeck shared a mutual love connection. Like, uhh what!?

According to Variety, O’Donnell confessed she had a small crush on Hasselbeck during their time working together on our screens, although it was never sexualized. O’Donnell tells:

“I think there were underlying lesbian undertones on both parts. I think this is something that will hurt her if you write it. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball team for two years that won the finals. There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren’t at least a little bit gay. There was a little bit of a crush. But not that I wanted to kiss her. I wanted to support, raise, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I was the captain of the team. I was going to Scottie Pippen her. If I was Jordan, I was going to give her and the ball and let her shoot. But it was in no way sexualized.”

Hasselbeck, not even known for being the most LGBTQ friendly person to exist, was conveniently on The View today and was able to address the allegations. After taking a deep breath asking for help from the Lord, Hasselbeck said:

“Maybe where I wouldn’t have addressed this in years passed with grace, and haven’t, I will now. Two things: One, I think what she said was reckless, untrue, and not only insulting, disturbing, when it comes to how she felt about somebody in the workplace. If you take out [Rosie] and put in Robert, we’d be in a situation where you’d see the objectification of a woman in the workplace. We may be really against that when it comes from a man to a woman, you don’t get a pass because you’re a lesbian. The feeling was not mutual. I respected her. Secondly, what she said about female athletes, it’s a lie and reckless to attach a sexuality to that. Just because you’re athletic doesn’t have anything to do with your sexual preference. I would call [Rosie] if I could, I tried yesterday. I forgive Rosie, but I was disturbed and offended by what she said. I pray she can have the peace she deserves. I hope she is okay. I hope she and I can get to a place of peace at some point. But, I want it for her more than anyone else.”

Clearly Hasselbeck is still throwing a bit of shade to O’Donnell, but I’ll admit this may be the first time I’ve ever sided with her since she was America’s sweetheart on the second season of Survivor. O’Donnell has been going through it over the last few years from being abandoned by her child and facing the scrutiny of Donald Trump as our nation’s President. It is on The View where O’Donnell first unleashed her hatred or annoyance of Trump ten years before he’d be admitted into The White House. They’ve been enemies ever since and O’Donnell’s tirade caused complications behind the scenes of her former show with Trump himself calling producers to claim she was lying.

I believe this The View tell-all is about to dominate in record sales. The excerpts we’ve received, like the O’Donell VS. Trump details and O’Donnell crushing on Hasselbeck, have already made headlines. Arguably the show’s worst co-host, Jenny McCarthy, is claiming show creator Barbara Walters is a monster behind the scenes. Hasselbeck seemingly agreed with her after telling she walked off set after an argument with Walters. This is only some of what we know, so I cannot freakin’ wait until it’s released in full. I’m going to read every page, every word and report back to you immediately. The View is one of my favorite television shows and I’m a daily watcher, so I’m going to eat all of this up!

‘Ladies Who Punch’ releases in stores and digitally on April 2nd. Will you be reading?

Don’t forget to check out Hasselbeck’s full statement on O’Donnell’s comments below:

Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or fellow contributors.

H/T: Variety, Vanity Fair, Vulture, Page Six

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