The View’s Rosie O’Donnell and Barbara Walters clashed backstage over Walters’s handling of the O’Donnell-Donald Trump feud, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. The paper reported Tuesday that O’Donnell called Walters a “liar” for not denying strongly enough Trump’s claim that she regretted hiring O’Donnell.
But a spokesperson for The View tells PEOPLE, “From the first day Rosie spoke about Donald Trump, Barbara has been nothing but supportive of Rosie. Whatever happened in the hair and makeup room was only a squabble. It’s business as usual. Everyone has moved on.”
The origin of the conflict? Trump’s comment in December that “Barbara Walters, in my opinion, rues the day she put that animal on her show.”
Walters responded on The View’s Jan. 3 episode: “Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never regretted, nor do I now, the hiring of Rosie O’Donnell.”
Trump later told TV’s Inside Edition, “As Barbara well knows, that is not what she told me. However, I fully understand why Barbara has to say that. She has no other choice. What is she going to say, ‘I told Donald Trump some negative things about Rosie?’ ”
According to Page Six, O’Donnell was upset that Walters never said outright that Trump was lying.
On Monday’s episode of the The View, no tension was evident, and on Tuesday’s show, Walters was not at the desk, and no mention was made of any disagreement.
Later on Tuesday, Trump wrote a letter to O’Donnell which was obtained by several media outlets. In it, he says that after O’Donnell’s first on-air comments about him, Walters called him and said that working with O’Donnell ” ‘is like living in hell’ and … ‘don’t worry, she won’t be here for long.’ ”