If you missed it, Rosie said she had a “little bit of a crush” on her former The View co-host.
“I think there were underlying lesbian undertones on both parts,” Rosie said (via Variety). “I think this is something that will hurt her if you write it. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball team for two years that won the finals. There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren’t at least a little bit gay. There was a little bit of a crush. But not that I wanted to kiss her. I wanted to support, raise, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I was the captain of the team. I was going to Scottie Pippen her. If I was Jordan, I was going to give her and the ball and let her shoot. But it was in no way sexualized.”
Elisabeth read Rosie‘s comments and responded on Tuesday morning (March 26) on Fox & Friends, saying, “I’d like to be able to say that I didn’t, but I read that. I’ll be very honest. I read it and I immediately started praying. Because I’m like, how am I going to handle this in my old self would be another split screen moment, but now I really feel like by God’s grace I just started praying — and I pray now the Holy Spirit gives me the words to articulate this — but I think it can be addressed with both truth and grace.”
“There would be an objectification of women in the workplace…So that is disturbing and it’s wrong. And whether you’re a man or whether you’re a woman, and you’re objectifying women in the workplace, it’s wrong,” she continued.
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Elisabeth added, “I think her casting a stereotype on female athletes and what she said… that all female athletes are a little bit gay… I would say this directly to her, and I would say, ‘That’s an unfair stereotype and it seems selfish in a way and I think that it’s untrue.’”
“I can handle that with the grace of God because I need grace and I need forgiveness. So Rosie, I think it was disturbing to read those things and it was offensive to me, but I forgive her. I totally forgive you, Rosie,” she said. “I really hope that we can be at peace and that we can… both hold our beliefs in one hand and hold each other’s hand in the other and still have a relationship that’s at peace.”
“But, more than that, just like I would pray for my friends, I hope that she has the peace of God. Because… Rosie O’Donnell is still seen and known and loved by God, and I hope that she feels that and I hope that she can find, ultimately, the peace,” Elisabeth concluded. “Even more than I want to be at peace with her, I hope she finds that peace because God wants that for her too.”