On the April 13 edition of "The View" co-executive producer Barbara Walters again washed her hands clean of Rosie O’Donnell’s extreme remarks. Barbara Walters, Rosie O’Donnell’s boss, stated bluntly: "I don’t have to take responsibility. I do not control you and you and I are still affectionate friends."On the same week Rosie defended Don Imus’s "free speech," Walters may be responding to the mounting criticism of Rosie’s extreme comments. Rosie, for her part, exclaimed: "If you hate me, hate me, but leave my Barbara out of it!" The entire transcript is below.
ROSIE O’DONNELL: Now, are you still getting in trouble because of me with your friends? Are they still calling you, going, you know, what is that crazy woman saying? BARBARA WALTERS: No.O’DONNELL: No, good. Alright.WALTERS: No, most of my friends -- no. O’DONNELL: Because I worry about that, you know. WALTERS: You worry about my friends? O’DONNELL: I don't want people to say oh, you know, you're hurting Barbara Walters by being a big- you know, I’m like-WALTERS: I know what you’re saying and we have said this before and we will say it again. I mean, there are people who say why didn't you tell Rosie to do this and why didn’t you tell her to do that because, after all, you're the co-executive producer and you're responsible. And I have said one of the things about working with Rosie is that she's always said you are responsible for what you say. O’DONNELL: Yes. WALTERS: I don’t have to take responsibility. I do not control you and you and I are still affectionate friends. O’DONNELL: Correct. Don't bully Barbara. That’s what I say. If you hate me, hate me, but leave my Barbara out of it! [applause]