‘I Didn’t Want To Be Paid To Fight With Another Woman’: Rosie O’Donnell Explains Why She Left The View

Rosie O’Donnell has revealed why she first left The View, citing the fact that she didn’t want to be paid to fight with another woman as the main reason.

The comedienne last appeared as a panelist on the show in 2007, but an argument with co-star Elisabeth Hassleback over the Iraq war prompted O’Donnell to quit the show and now the actress has explained exactly why she left.

In a video posted on the show’s website, Rosie said: “I was in the middle of a divorce. It was a little bit stressful in my personal life and it became a little bit stressful in my professional life as well.

Rosie has explained her reasons for leaving the show in 2007 (WENN)

“I think the environment was one that didn’t really gel with who I was. I didn’t ever want to be paid to fight with another woman.”

The 52-year-old also explained that arguing with another woman went entirely against her feminist beliefs.

She added: “I’m a feminist, I’m proud to be one… so no matter what the price, I would never argue with a pregnant woman for money. So I had to go.”

The new panel made their View debut yesterday as Rosie joined co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace. Their chemistry received mixed reviews, with some claiming that the four didn’t appear to be at ease with one another yet. Although the episode did see O’Donnell make one controversial comment about the Ray Rice incident, claiming that there is a correlation between playing sports and being violent.