Their on-air brawl is over, but the Rosie-Elisabeth controversy continues.
The latest: The New York Post’s Page Six column is reporting that a Rosie O’Donnell staffer was escorted out of the ABC building on Thursday after she was caught drawing moustaches on pictures of Hasselbeck that hang in the View studios.
O’Donnell’s rep was not immediately available for comment Friday. ABC confirmed in a statement that “photographs at The View’s offices were defaced,” the Post reports. “Rosie O’Donnell was not in the building. ABC Legal and Human Resources are investigating the matter.” The statement did not say who was responsible for the vandalism.
Although Thursday’s episode was preempted for a Presidential address, O’Donnell had taken the day off to celebrate the 40th birthday of her partner, Kelli Carpenter.
When the show opened, co-host Barbara Walters, who had been absent during Wednesday’s dust-up, said: “Welcome to The View. … Aunt Barbara is back, and there will be peace in the kingdom. It’s a hot weekend, so everybody cool off!”
Meanwhile, O’Donnell has continued to express her feelings on her blog. After writing on Thursday that she felt "sad" about the confrontation, she posted a video of swimming ducks accompanied by the John Mayer song “Vultures” (lyrics include: “How will I hold my head to keep from going under?”).
On Friday, O’Donnell posted on her site a new video titled True Colors 2007 and which features snapshots of herself, Walters, Hasslebeck and others, along with newspaper clippings and even unflattering editorial cartoon depictions of O’Donnell. The sequence is set to the Cyndi Lauper song “Sisters of Avalon.”
According to the Post, The View expects O’Donnell to be back at work on Tuesday. She’s scheduled to leave the show in June.