updated 11/22/2006 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/22/2006 AT 12:45 PM ET
Barbara Walters, who often helps keep the peace among her View cohosts, attempted to close the door on the feud involving Rosie O’Donnell, Kelly Ripa and Clay Aiken on Wednesday’s show.
“I love this show to be lively, and yesterday it certainly was lively,” said Walters, who had taken the day off on Tuesday. “This is what I want to say. Rosie O’Donnell is one of the kindest, most sensitive people I know. And so is our friend Kelly Ripa. And Rosie and Kelly talked yesterday after the show. Rosie and Clay Aiken have talked. And all is well with the world, and all is well with them. So let’s move on.”
Calling herself “Mama Bear,” Walters said that her speech was not rehearsed and that O’Donnell didn’t know it was coming.
When Walters finished, O’Donnell said, “The sheriff is back in town! There you go.”
Walters, an executive producer of The View, was returning to a show that saw plenty of fireworks in her absence. On Tuesday, O’Donnell accused Ripa of making a homophobic remark about Aiken on Live With Regis & Kelly , when Ripa told Aiken, who’d tried to cover her mouth, “I don’t know where that hand’s been, honey!”
Ripa called in to The View to say O’Donnell’s accusation was “outrageous.”
Aiken hasn’t commented publicly on the incident – but did participate in a mini-skit about it during the American Music Awards on Tuesday night. As Aiken and Tori Spelling were introducing John Mayer, Spelling put her hand over Aiken’s mouth and said, “I’ll tell you where that hand’s been later.”