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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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