“I love her,” the former host of The View wrote on her Web site’s Q & A page, when asked her thoughts on Walters’s interview.
Still, O’Donnell used the forum to respond to several assertions made by her former boss.
For example, Walters told Winfrey that she thought O’Donnell “regretted” writing her 2007 book Celebrity Detox, and that was why she didn’t promote the book.
“It was so full of anger at me,” Walters said. “I got into bed and pulled the covers over my head and said, ‘I think I’ll stay here until a week from Tuesday.’ ” She added, “I think she kind of regretted the book.”
Not so, O’Donnell wrote in her trademark freeform prose:
i didnt promote it
because the way i left the view
distorted the story
changed the essence
And when a fan who had watched the Oprah interview asked O’Donnell if she has “rage issues” – Walters said that at one point during O’Donnell’s tenure on The View, “the audience tuned in every day to see who [Rosie] was going to hate” – O’Donnell made light of it:
WHAT THE HELL R U TALKING ABOUT
But in the end, both women proclaim nothing but respect for one another, with Walters saying she will “always have the greatest affection for [Rosie].”
As for O’Donnell, a fan posted on her website, “BW loves you and you love BW, right?…right!…that is all that matters about that…” She replied simply, “I agree.”