Kelly Ripa and Rosie O’Donnell Duke it Out
November 21, 2006

It was a clash of the talk show titans Tuesday morning, as Kelly Ripa and Rosie O’Donnell engaged in an intense war of the words live on “The View.”

“I think what you said is downright outrageous,” Kelly fired at Rosie.

The daytime dust-up was ignited by a now infamous exchange last Friday between Kelly and her celebrity co-host for the day, Clay Aiken.

Kelly was mortified when the “American Idol” runner-up covered her mouth with this hand.

On Monday’s “Live,” Kelly complained about Clay to Regis.

“I don’t think he was respectful in any way,” Ripa said.

Cut to Tuesday morning on “The View,” where Rosie shot down Kelly for what she dubbed as a “homophobic remark.”

“To me, that’s a homophobic remark,” Rosie said. “If that was a straight man, if that was a cute man, if that was a guy who she didn’t question his sexuality, she would have said a different thing.”

For the record, Clay Aiken has kept his sexuality private, but Rosie defended him as if he were gay.

But moments later, Kelly called in to “The View” to defend herself, and she ripped Rosie apart.

“He reached across and covered my mouth with his hand,” she said. “I have three kids; he’s shaking hands with everybody in the audience. I mean, it’s cold and flu season; that’s what I meant. And to imply that it’s anything homophobic is outrageous, Rosie, and you know better.”

“Kell, I get your point,” Rosie responded. “I’ve been a supporter of yours from day one. This is a show where you say your view; as a gay woman, this was my view.”

Despite the tension, the TV talkers agreed to bury the hatchet.

However, Ripa may have one more person to confront face to face: Clay Aiken himself.

While Clay is not saying anything about the Rosie-Kelly showdown, he is scheduled to appear Tuesday night at the American Music Awards.

You can be sure “Extra” will bring you more on this story as it happens.

 

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