Walters and Rosie O'Donnell show a united front in dismissing the Apprentice star's jabs

By Stephen M. Silverman
January 10, 2007 12:00 PM

On Wednesday’s The View, Barbara Walters and Rosie O’Donnell quickly dismissed the issue of Donald Trump.

“Well,” O’Donnell announced at the top of the show, “he’s at it again.”

“That poor, pathetic man,” said Walters.

“Yes!” O’Donnell said, reaching across the table to high-five Walters and saying, “Sister-friend, give me a high sign” – as the audience roared its approval.

The joint appearance of the two women on the show came a day after Trump wrote an open letter to O’Donnell saying that Walters had lied to Rosie and to him. Trump released his letter to O’Donnell via the TV show The Insider.

On Wednesday’s View, Walters said, “He just can’t let go,” as O’Donnell joked, “That man is obsessed with me. And, I’m happy to say, his show tanked.”

Ratings for the premiere episode of Trump’s The Apprentice on Sunday night averaged 9.1 million viewers.

In his letter, Trump said Walters called him while on vacation in an attempt to apologize for O’Donnell’s on-air comments about him. Trump claimed Walters said, “Donald, never get in the mud with pigs” and “don’t worry, she won’t be here for long.”

On The View last week, Walters told the audience she never told Trump she regretted hiring O’Donnell.

The New York Post‘s Page Six reported on Tuesday that the cohosts clashed backstage on Monday over Walters’s handling of the O’Donnell-Trump feud. A spokesperson for the show told PEOPLE it was “only a squabble. It’s business as usual. Everyone has moved on.”

In her Web blog Tuesday night, a fan named Patty wrote to ask O’Donnell: “we all want to know Rosie did you really have words with BW before the show and tell her you were mad she never called u in 10 days?”

Replied Rosie: “i did/but i never cursed/and it was 9 days.”

And in response to a fan named Shana’s question asking if she called Walters a liar, O’Donnell said: “i never called her a liar/i asked how she could call HIM a friend.”