While Rosie O’Donnell chose to button her lip about Donald Trump on Thursday – her only new contribution to their verbal slugfest was to grimace on The View – the object of her detraction launched a new barrage of comments about her.
To Larry King on CNN: “Disgraceful, a horrible human being, a terrible person … a loser. Her magazine failed. The ratings for her show were terrible. They basically threw her off the air. … She is not a good person. She makes false statements. She’s a bully.”
To the FOX News Channel, he said: “(View executive producer) Barbara Walters, in my opinion rues the day she put that animal on her show.”
To the Los Angeles-based TV show Good Day L.A.: “Maybe she wanted to put the crown back on Miss USA’s head. I think she’s very attracted to Miss USA so she probably wanted to put the crown on her head herself.”
To the New York Post: “She’s an extremely unattractive person who doesn’t understand the truth. … I think she’s a terrible person … She has failed at everything she has done…She’s a bully and she sucker punches people.”
And the face she made on The View? “She folded,” said Trump.
On Thursday, Walters released a statement saying: “Donald Trump is a personal friend of mine and has been a good friend to The View for many years. I’m sorry there is friction between Donald and Rosie.”
She added: “That said, I do not regret for one moment my choice to hire Rosie O’Donnell as the moderator of The View. I certainly hope and expect that this tempest will pass quickly.”
In response to Walters’s words, Trump told Larry King: “I can tell you for a fact that is not what Barbara told me. … Trust me, that’s not what Barbara told me over the phone.”
Neither Walters nor O’Donnell mentioned the feud on Friday’s View, which was pre-tapped according to a source.
Trump originally took umbrage at O’Donnell’s comments about him on Wednesday’s edition of the ABC chatfest. Taking him to task for his handling of the Miss USA Tara Conner affair, she said he had no right to serve as a moral compass and that he had gone bankrupt.
While Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, he has sought bankruptcy protection for some of his casino concerns.