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Rosie O’donnell says she had a ‘crush’ on ‘The View’ co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

connectVideoRosie O’donnell says she had a ‘crush’ on ‘The View’ co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

The former ‘The View’ co-host Rosie O’donnell confessed in the book ‘Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Story of “The View” that they have a mentor-as a ‘crush’ on Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

There appears to be a reason – besides the fact that the polar political opposites – that Rosie O’donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck fought like an old married couple during their time together on “.”

O’donnell, 57, declared in “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Story of ‘The View'” that they are “a little love” on her right-leaning table-mate.

The comedian was quick, however, to make clear that her “crush”, was manifested in a mentor role, not in a romantic overtures.

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“Not that I wanted to kiss her,” O’donnell explained in the book (via Variety). “I wanted to support, lift, uplift her, as she was the first star striker and I was the captain of the team … I was going to be Scottie Pippen to her. If I were Jordan, I was going to give her the ball and let her shoot. But it was in no way sexual.”

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“I loved her,” she admitted, adding that she tried to help Hasselbeck, 41, learn the ropes of the TV.

“Here is what I said,” I am the senior. She is the freshman. I have a really good player in the first team, but I have to teach her how to loosen up,'” O’donnell recalled.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’donnell.
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“I think that there were underlying lesbian subtext on both parts,” she added, throwing in some lesbian athletic stereotypes for good measure. “I think this is something that her pain when you write. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball team for two years, won the final. There are not many in my life, girls with athletic talent in the area of sports teams, traditionally by men who are not at least a little bit gay.”

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O’donnell said her last day on TV with Hasselbeck was heartbreaking, despite their constant on-screen shouting matches over hot-button issues. The “A League of their Own” star also said that she was angry that Hasselbeck of not defending her from other conservatives who allegedly took shots at her.

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“It felt like a lover to break,” O’donnell admitted. “The fight that we had, to me as a gay woman, it felt like this:” You don’t love me as much as I love you. I have taken care of you. You don’t have it. How could you do that for me? I’m not something for you.'”

Reps for O’donnell and Hasselbeck not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on their cooperation.

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