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The View in Review

Joy Behar Praises Rosie O'Donnell for Saying Trump 'Hasn't Got Any Money' in 2006

"We knew then what a vicious, vicious person he is," Behar said of Trump's decades-long feud with O'Donnell.
  • Joy Behar threw it back to 2006 this morning on The View. (Photo: ABC)
    Joy Behar threw it back to 2006 this morning on The View. (Photo: ABC)

    The View embraced the past this morning with a discussion about Donald Trump's legal troubles, his attacks on Hillary Clinton, and even his decades-long feud with Rosie O'Donnell. The co-hosts typically avoiddiscussing Rosie, but this morning Joy Behar praised her former co-host for calling out Trump's financial dealings way back in 2006.

    "I've got to hand it to Rosie O'Donnell. I have to," said Behar. "Back in the day, when he went after her, like the most vicious attack on that woman. Basically, she made fun of his hair — he didn't care; we all made fun of his hair — [but] she said he hasn't got any money. That made him crazy."

    "I've never seen a rebuttal like that. A vicious attack — he was on all over the place calling her all sorts of names," recalled the longtime co-host, who worked with O'Donnell on The View from 2006-2007. "We knew then what a vicious, vicious person he is."

    In December 2006, O'Donnell called Trump a "snake-oil salesman" after he announced he would not be firing Miss USA Tara Conner. "He annoys me on a multitude of levels. He's the moral authority? 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? Donald, sit and spin, my friend," she said. "He inherited a lot of money, and he's been bankrupt so many times, where he didn't have to pay — people beneath him who he owed money to got shorted out of the money, but he got to try again and again. And you know what saved him the second time? After his father died, with that money, he paid off all his bankruptcy. He is not a self-made man."

    O'Donnell's comments ignited an intense feud with Trump, who threatened to sue the "out of control" View host. "Rosie will rue the words she said. I'll most likely sue her for making those false statements — and it'll be fun," he told People at the time. "Rosie's a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie."

    Considering that O'Donnell and Trump's conflict is far from over, perhaps it's time for her to return to The View? Talk about the ultimate "Flashback Friday."

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Joy Behar, ABC, The View, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell, politics