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Barbara Retracts

Sides With Rosie Over Trump

1/3/2007 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In what essentially amounts to a retraction, Barbara Walters said that ABC asked her to read a statement on today's episode of "The View" saying that Donald Trump never filed for personal bankruptcy -- something O'Donnell alleged during one of her rants against the combed-over billionaire. Babwa added that Rosie O'Donnell isn't going anywhere.

Walters said she never told her "friend" Donald Trump that she wanted Rosie off the show, saying, "Nothing could be further from the truth." O'Donnell is currently on vacation and Walters says she will be welcomed back "with open arms."

Trump and O'Donnell have been feuding ever since the Miss USA scandal, which Trump resolved by sending Tara Conner to rehab, but allowing her to keep her crown. Rosie, in her Rosie-esque way, questioned Trump's moral authority. Snarks have been flying ever since.

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p1tey1    

Donald Trump DID file for bankruptcy a couple of years ago!!! It was in the news. HE needs to stop lying and admit it.

2814 days ago
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Bobby    

And the truth always prevails. Donald really is a snake oil salesman.

2814 days ago
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lundy    

ROSIE IS A SKANK THAT NEEDS TO GO AWAY.SHE'S GOTTEN TO BIG FOR HER BRITCHES!!!!!!!

2814 days ago
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Max    

I thought she handled it in a really classy way. And the studio audience was really psyched that Rosie will be back next week.

2814 days ago
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rastyrae    

Trump got trumped. Go Rosie!!

2814 days ago
6.

Whatever    

Good for Babwa. Trump is a blithering idiot.

2814 days ago
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Mad Balls    

I told you guys when this hit that the Rosie was near the truth but Ol' slickster Don knows how to force an issue . The Don was protected from being bankrupt by something similar to chapter 11 . This is not being bankrupt and indeed is more perfered . First you don't have to pay on what was owed in wages , bills etc . Then each year you can extend the protections . Don't take my word for it - just google " Trump owes me " and see what comes up ! The Good old don -- one of the few guys who admits he would date his daughter . Dickhead .

2814 days ago
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TH    

Walters is grovelling, something she's done rather well in recent years, and pandering to the lunatic fringe (O'Donnell). She's also fearful of the rath of the "mouth" O'Donell and scared to death about having her idiotic show, the "View", pulled from ABC. It's pathetic to see Walters sinking to this level and not showing any courage, integrity or spine.

TH

2814 days ago
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truth matters    

What Trump said was that Barbara "cannot stand Rosie" he never said "she regretted hiring Rosie". So Barbara cleaverly offered an empty apology. Barbara Walters is an enterainer, who benefits from The Views success. Ofcourse, she doesn't regret hiring Rosie, her ranting brings in the viewers. But go back and read Trumps qoutes....Barbara did not adress his claims, in any way.

2814 days ago
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Kim    

If it is not one thing it is another with Rosie. Wouldn't the world be a nicer place if she were to just keep her thoughts to herself. Who really cares what she thinks anyways?

2814 days ago
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blah blah blah    

I personally thought Barbara Walters handled the situation with dignity and class.
Good to see a few step up to the plate and confront Donald Trump. He is far from being the so called professional business man he wants everyone to think he is. He has shown his true colors in his insulting remarks, statements, and mannerism.

Take that....................The Donald (HAA) and stick it where the sun don't shine!
Just my own personal opinion

2814 days ago
12.

TM    

Barb only cares about ratings and that is what she is getting with the Rosie/Trump fued.
I think Barb would stab anyone in the back if it meant she got more publicity for this stupid show.

2814 days ago
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Suzie    

Don't believe it for one second. Barbara is playing to Rosie and Donald. Let's see if Rosie returns from the "so called" pre-planned, spend more time with the kids vacation. Most kids are back in school this week -eh?

Is this the same Barbara that gave Star carte blanche to lie about her next career move. Can anyone believe anything this so called journalist says.

BY THE WAY - TRY TO ORDER TICKETS FROM THE VIEW ONLINE. SUBMIT YOUR REQUEST AND YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT PICTURES POPS UP. YES STAR IS STILL ON THE VIEW - JUST ONLINE.

2814 days ago
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Disgusted    

Why does TMZ want to characterize this as a retraction and not a clarification?

Barbara was classy, Trump is a pig. That is all.

2814 days ago
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steve    

She only wants Rosie because, Rosie is bringing in
the viewers

ALL ABOUT THE #####'S + CASH....CACHING....

Rosie needs her own show and screw BABS

2814 days ago
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