Dec. 19, 2006: Miss USA Tara Conner is shown with Donald Trump after a news conference in New York City.
Miss USA Tara Conner
Dec. 19, 2006: Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner is overcome with emotion during a news conference in New York City.
Donald Trump fanned the flames of his smoldering feud with "The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell on FOX News Channel Thursday, calling her "a loser," "a bully" and "a despicable person" who might be "jealous that Miss USA likes me and doesn't like her."
"Rosie's a loser, and somebody has to fight back," Trump said. "I really like Barbara Walters. Believe me — Barbara Walters, in my opinion, rues the day that she put that animal on her show because that show will go down the tubes. You watch."
Trump, speaking late Thursday afternoon on FOX News Channel, said, "Rosie will end up killing the show, everything she touches turns to garbage."
"Rosie is a bully. I hit her between the eyes, she's worried about being sued, and her response today was nothing," said Trump. "She's not a very smart person, if you look at her IQ I guarantee you it's not up there."
O'Donnell was invited to appear on FOX News Channel to respond to Trump's attack, but she declined.
She did, however, respond to Trump's earlier comment that he could steal her girlfriend, Kelli, by bringing Kelli into "The View" audience Thursday. "I was afraid to leave her at home in case someone with a comb-over came and stole her from me," she said.
"Frankly, here's my comment to him," O'Donnell added, making a sour face.
Co-host Joy Behar also got in on the fight, referring to FOX News' reporting on her comparison of Donald Rumsfeld to Adolph Hitler.
"It's a slow news week, I think, because FOX News is all over my a--," Behar said. "Now I consider that a compliment. That's like being on Nixon's enemies list."
Trump also made comments on FOX about O'Donnell's Thursday appearance on "The View."
"She was a stumbling buffoon today on 'The View,' Trump said. "She's stumbling, she's fumbling, she's not the same Rosie that she was yesterday."
Earlier on FOX News, Trump said he'd sue O'Donnell.
"I guarantee I'll have a lot of Rosie's money right out of her big fat pocket, I'll have a lot of Rosie's money coming into my pocket," Trump said. "That's my prediction."
On "The View" Wednesday, O'Donnell said Trump's news conference with Miss USA Tara Conner had annoyed her "on a multitude of levels." Trump decided to give Conner a second chance after she was accused of underage drinking and using drugs.
"Left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair. Had kids both times, but he's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America," the comedian and actress said to roars of audience laughter. "Donald, sit and spin, my friend."
Trump lashed back at O'Donnell Wednesday night on several entertainment shows.
"Rosie is somebody out of control who really just doesn't have it," Trump said in an interview on Access Hollywood's Web site. "And she ought to be careful 'cause I'll send one of my friends to pick up her girlfriend, and I think it would be very easy."
On the TV entertainment show "The Insider," he criticized everything from her looks to her former television talk show and magazine.
"Rosie attacks me personally? I know her fairly well because her show failed. She didn't retire. She didn't get the ratings! Her magazine called 'Rosie' was a total disaster," he said.
"She's out of her mind. I will probably sue Rosie for a number of reasons. I'm worth a lot of money. She doesn't tell the facts," he added.
In an interview with the TV entertainment show "Extra," O'Donnell blasted the Trump-Conner news conference as a publicity stunt, declaring, “I think everything that Donald does is a ploy to promote the Trump business. That’s the bottom line. I don’t think he really cares about this young girl.”
She continued, “I just think he’s [Trump] a hot bag of wind, frankly, with bad hair.”
Added Behar: “She’s saying watching him on television is like eating at Taco Bell.”
"The View" executive producers, Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters (who called in from vacation), issued this statement:
"Both Rosie and Donald are high-spirited, opinionated people. Donald has been a friend of "The View" for many years and Rosie, of course, is our enormously popular moderator. We cherish them both and hope the new year brings calm and peace."