Rosie O’Donnell Calls Kelly Ripa ‘Mean’ over Their ‘Weird Feud’ in an Upcoming Book

Rebelander Basilan
Apr 01, 2019
01:04 P.M.
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Former "The View" co-host Rosie O’Donnell lashed out at fellow television personality, Kelly Ripa, for the latter’s alleged homophobic remark against Clay Aiken.

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This "weird feud" was uncovered in the highly anticipated book, "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View."

Rosie O’Donnell at Metrograph on January 23, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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"Not only do I feel the twenty-years-older mother thing, I feel the twenty-years-old younger-gay thing."

The feud flared up after O’Donnell commented on Ripa’s remark after Aiken put his hand over her mouth while co-hosting on "Live With Regis and Kelly" in November 2006.

Ripa said at the time: 

“I don’t know where that’s been, honey!”

Kelly Ripa at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

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The next day, O’Donnell commented on "The View," saying

“If that was a straight man, if that was a cute man, if that was a guy that she didn’t question his sexuality, she would’ve said a different thing.”

SHE HELD A CRYING AIKEN

In the book, written by Ramin Setoodeh, O’Donnell explained why she thought Ripa’s remark was homophobic. She said Aiken was a guest on "The View" a few days before he went on "Live With Regis and Kelly."

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“He had come into my dressing room, crying about whether or not to come out," O’Donnell said. "And I sat down with him, and I talked to him."

She added: "He was inching his way out in the way, so many born-again Southern Christians have to. I hugged him. Not only do I feel the twenty-years-older mother thing, I feel the twenty-years-old younger-gay thing. So I had just held a crying boy and then watched him be gay bashed by Kelly Ripa.”

Ripa responded by saying that claims she was homophobic were “downright outrageous.”

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FEUD WITH HER CO-HOST

It’s not the first time O’Donnell had a feud with someone. When she was still a co-host on "The View," she had a heated on-air argument with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck over the Iraq war.

The argument led to O-Donnell leaving the show directly. She and Hasselbeck are reportedly still at odds to this day.

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