Here we go. The first week of The View has officially come to a close. For those expecting a “sit-and-spin” style rematch of the Great Rosie vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck Rumble of ’07, Monday’s Season 18 premiere was fairly tame. Of her new Republican opponent Nicole Wallace, Rosie insisted, “I really like her, I swear to God! We’re all real this year!” She may have spoken too soon. These spiky back-and-forths showed that the co-host still packs plenty of punch indeed.
Round 1: Rosie vs. Nicole
Match: Does Barack Obama “like people”? When Nicole said Barack Obama doesn’t “like people,” (Rosie’s words), Rosie was taken aback (jump in around 3:55 to watch it yourself). “When Kanye West says I don’t think President Bush cares about black people, it’s like an international incident,” she said. “But you can say that you don’t think Obama likes people?” Nicole, who was Bush’s communications chief during Katrina, recalled how much Kanye’s bombshell upset Bush. Rosie countered: “I think he was very upset up in the plane as he flew over Katrina.” Zing! Winner: Rosie, because oh snap! But also the show’s ratings, since the argument continued off-camera, where a producer reportedly stepped in.
Round 2: Rosie vs. Whoopi
Match: Rob Ford Whoopi outed herself as a Rob Ford fan, though not because of the mayor’s political record. “I like him because — he’s just a dude,” she said. “He gets drunk. He gets high. He does what most dudes do.” When Rosie asked if she really thought a mayor should smoke crystal meth, Whoopi dodged the question. Surprisingly, there was very little talk of the mayor’s recent fight with cancer, other than Nicole’s take: “I had a dream that — now I’m freaked out — that he died. And I wake up startled, because I love him, and I love talking about him. And I’ve never seen someone who’s done crack and is so fat. I’m new — can I say that? He was really fat for a crack addict. I had this dream he died. I woke up and checked my iPhone and to make sure he’s still alive and then this happens, he has a tumor. I just think he’s awesome. If you run anything and you are that crazy, I’m rooting for you.” Winner: Rosie, and can someone get a sample of Whoopi’s urine?
Round 3: Rosie vs. Whoopi (again)
Match: Teen drinking Discussing a Tennessee dad who punished his 15-year-old for drinking by getting him drunk until he passed out, Whoopi came down firmly on the side of the dad. “When you’re an alcoholic, and I can say this because I know, sometimes you can’t go far enough,” she said. “If my kid had the predilections that I had, I would do some crazy stuff as well.” Rosie described it as “criminal abuse.” Winner: Rosie, at least if you ask the state of Tennessee. The father was charged with child abuse.
Round 4: Rosie vs. Mayim Bialik
Match: Frozen The Blossom and Big Bang Theory star’s frosty reception for Frozen (she slammed it in a blog post for reinforcing gender stereotypes) made the Disney movie a hot topic for Rosie, who launched a spirited defense. “Mayim, isn’t it nice that the prince is not the hero?” she said to the camera. “Princes sometimes suck.” She challenged Mayim to come to The View and talk Frozen to her face. Your move, Blossom. Winner: Pending, though the Oscars and $400 million box-office suggests Rosie has the momentum.