Former host of "Fox & Friends" and "The View" Elisabeth Hasselbeck responded on "The Untold Story" to Rosie O'Donnell's comments about her in a newly-released book that details the behind-the-scenes saga of the ABC morning talk show. 

In an excerpt released this week from "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,'" O'Donnell reveals that she had a "a little crush" on Hasselbeck, with whom she co-hosted the show in 2006-07.

"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 in the book.



"I was going to Scottie Pippen her. If I was Jordan, I was going to give her the ball and let her shoot. But it was in no way sexualized."

O'Donnell also wrote there were "underlying lesbian tones" from Hasselbeck, who played softball at Boston College and is married to former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.  

"There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren’t at least a little bit gay," O'Donnell wrote. 

Hasselbeck told Martha MacCallum that "it doesn't feel great" to see O'Donnell's statements and that the title of Ramin Setoodeh's book somewhat "devalues" female voices on important issues. 

"Suggesting that female athletes, because of their athletic gifts, grit, eye black, how tough they are, must be a little bit gay? That's just not true," she said, arguing O'Donnell's comment about her sexual orientation would be viewed differently if a man said it. 

Hasselbeck, who left the top-rated Fox News morning show in Dec. 2015, has also released a new book, "Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom."

Watch the full interview above.


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