Returning to The View seven years after departing in an angry, liberal tirade, Rosie O'Donnell sat down with Barbara Walters and some of her former colleagues on Friday. Updating everyone on life since the show, she revealed that Parker, her now 18-year-old son, will be attending the Citadel. The 9/11 truther snapped, "...How do you annoy your left-wing liberal pacifist mother? You become a big military man." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
O'Donnell admitted she interrogated her son as to why he made such a decision and he responded, "Only in America, mom, could somebody like you who came from a horrible childhood, grow up and adopt kids like me who needed a family and I owe something to this country." In her typically loud tone, O'Donnell mock screamed, "No, my son. You owe something to me!"
The liberal entertainer's views about America might cause some awkwardness with her military son. In 2007, O'Donnell fumed, "I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?"
On numerous other View appearances, she famously promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories, hinting that even Rudy Giuliani may have been in on the plot.
During the "hot topics"segments on Friday, the hosts discussed the drug-related death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. According to O'Donnell, doing drugs is the same as cancer:
O'DONNELL: It's about time we stop shaming addicts and we understand that it's a disease. In the same way we would never yell at anyone. "Oh, my God. You have cancer. I cannot believe you. You are so morally corrupt. We shouldn't do that to drug addicts."
Journalist Walters introduced the comedienne by admitting, "...We had some bad times, but they were never boring."
Mostly O'Donnell steered clear of outright political issues. However, when recounting a heart surgery she had, the comic recounted:
O'DONNELL: And when they [the doctors] came back in, they said, do you want to be shocked back to life?...I said a sentence I never thought I would utter, I said, "doctor, I am adamantly pro-life."
The segment ended with Walters promising return appearances by O'Donnell.
A partial transcript of the February 7 segment is below:
O'DONNELL: Parker is 18. There he is in his military uniform. He's been accepted to the Citadel. He's very into the military because, you know, how do you annoy your left-wing liberal pacifist mother? You become a big military man. He's the number one cadet at his school, Valley Forge Military Academy. He's very interested. When he was really, you know, I said to him, "Why, honey? Why do you want to do --' He said, only in America, mom, could somebody like you who came from a horrible childhood, grow up and adopt kids like me who needed a family and I owe something to this country." And I said, "No, my son. You owe something to me."