Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Rosie and Donald (and Barbara) Are Still At It

I cannot believe this feud is still going strong. Jesus. Let's bring in a clique of seventh-grade girls to teach these people conflict resolution skills. It can only help. This spat is completely ridiculous and humiliating to all involved parties at this point. Sigh. Let's backtrack, all the way to this morning.

Both the New York Post and the Daily News ran items today about a spat that occurred backstage at The View yesterday, when both Rosie and Barbara Walters returned from vacation. When Barbara tried to hug Rosie, O'Donnell reportedly screamed at her, "You kept me in the newspapers this whole time!" Said Rosie, "You went all around this and never called [Trump] a liar. You never said, 'Donald is lying.' You never called him a liar." This is, of course, in regards to the on-going feud between Rosie and Donald, in which Donald stated on national television that Barbara had personally told him that putting Rosie on The View was a huge mistake. Walters tried to defend herself, but Rosie wouldn't let her get a word in. A rep for Rosie and Barbara didn't even have the strength to straight-up deny that a fight occurred. Her best efforts: "Whatever happened in the hair and makeup room was hardly a squabble. It's business as usual, everyone has moved on."

When The View began taping that morning, Walters quickly stated on air, "Let me say definitively, everything that he [Trump] said I said about her [Rosie] is untrue."

Trump, whose latest season of The Apprentice debuted Sunday to dismal ratings, isn't going to let go of this so easily. That would require some level of maturity, a concept foreign to Mr. Trump since this feud began. After reading the Post article, Trump penned a vicious letter to Rosie, in which he states:

An article in today's New York Post indicates that you blew up at BARBARA WALTERS for being a 'liar.' Actually, I don't blame you, but in fact she lied to both of us! After your maniacal and foolish rant against me two weeks ago, Barbara called me from her vacation (I did not call her) in order to apologize for your behavior. She had heard that I was going to retaliate against you and tried to talk me out of it. She very much wanted me to go on the show as soon as she got back so that she could 'patch things up' (I said no). To be exact, she said that 'working with her is like living in hell' and, more pointedly, 'Donald, never get into the mud with pigs' and, 'don't worry, she won't be here for long.' Barbara knows exactly what she told me over the phone and she has to live with it. Perhaps that's why her initial statement was so mild!

In another incident, when I saw her eating at Le Cirque about two months ago and asked how 'Rosie was doing,' she sarcastically rolled her eyes and said 'Donald, do you have to ruin my meal.'

In any event, you have a good reason to be angry. Please give my warmest regards to Kelly!

These people make Paris and Nicole look mature. Grow up, guys!