“Not that I wanted to kiss her. I wanted to support, raise, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I was the captain of the team," O'Donnell said. "I was going to Scottie Pippen her. If I was Jordan, I was going to give her and the ball and let her shoot. But it was in no way sexualized.”
O'Donnell also alleged that there were "underlying lesbian tones on both [of their] parts" and speculated that because Hasselbeck used to play softball that she's "a little bit gay."
Hasselbeck fired back on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, griping that O'Donnell's interpretation of their contentious co-hosting period was "disturbing and it's wrong. And whether you're a man or whether you're a woman, and you're objectifying women in the workplace, it's wrong."
Hasselbeck also said she was "praying" for O'Donnell.
The liberal-leaning former "View" host tweeted at Hasselbeck after her angry response, “hey eh – my crush on u was not sexual – sorry u got scared.”
She added, “surely u recall b4 it all went wrong – i never objectified u – i did find u fantastic – broadway shows – my pool -we were friends once god love ya kid – i always did. #raminSUX.”
Ramin is the first name of the author of “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’” from which O'Donnell's quotes were taken.