1 NOVEMBER 21, 2006
After Kelly Ripa chides Clay Aiken for putting his hand over her mouth on Live With Regis and Kelly — she gripes that she doesn’t ”know where that hand’s been” — O’Donnell calls Ripa’s reaction ”homophobic.” (Aiken does not publicly discuss his sexuality.) An angry Ripa phones in to The View to defend herself, claiming mere germophobia.
2 NOVEMBER 29, 2006
It’s controlled chaos as a Limoncello-lubricated Danny DeVito flounders his way through an interview, but O’Donnell manages to restore order by pulling the diminutive actor onto her lap (”Sit with mommy”) and urging him to read ”We’ll be right back” from the cue cards.
3 DECEMBER 20, 2006
Rosie goes toe-to-comb-over with Donald Trump, mocking the blustery billionaire and calling him a ”snake-oil salesman.” A tiresome, months-long press battle ensues.
4 MARCH 6, 2007
Upset that contestant Antonella Barba was able to stay on American Idol after a risqué photo scandal, O’Donnell calls the Fox show ”racist” and ”weightist,” citing heavyset African-American contestant Frenchie Davis’ 2003 photo-related ouster. The Idol producers fire back, saying O’Donnell spoke ”without thought or knowledge.”
5 MAY 23, 2007
In what will become her final day on the show, O’Donnell and Hasselbeck have an uncomfortably heated argument over, among other things, whether Rosie called U.S. troops ”terrorists.” At the climax of the six-minute brawl, the women are shown via split screen. In a May 26 video on her website, O’Donnell says, ”When I saw the split screen, that’s when I knew it was over.”