Rosie O’Donnell took a swipe at “Morning Joe” for allowing Donald Trump a platform to attack her back in 2007, calling out co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist by name.
During an appearance on MSNBC with anchor Ari Melber, the former daytime host accused MSNBC and the mainstream media of providing him a regular platform early on and not standing up to his falsehoods.
“All you have to do is look at the tapes from “Morning Joe” from 2007,” said O’Donnell. “They had him on once a week and they all ganged up. Willie Geist was very anti-Rosie O’Donnell. So was Joe Scarborough, so was every reporter on Fox, and it went on and on.”
O’Donnell said that Trump used the network to propagate the false rumor that her television show had been canceled when in fact the comedian said she walked away from “a hundred million dollars” to be a parent.
“He changed the narrative and the factual truth about who I am to the public of America when I was not on T.V. every day to refute it,” she added. “Nobody would stand up to him and they would let him.”
Melber –fresh off celebrations for the one year anniversary of his show — offered a lawyerly response.
“You mentioned some of my colleagues who have their own TV shows so as my practice, I will let them respond how they want with their own TV shows,” he said.
Though O’Donnell has said she barely knows Trump, the feud between the two is legendary, stretching back more than a decade to their days as television hosts. In the infamous first GOP primary debate, the billionaire joked that the only woman he ever called a “fat pig” or “disgusting animal” was Rosie O’Donnell — to wide audience applause.
Rosie O'Donnell's Style Transformation
Rosie O'Donnell's Style Transformation
Big-haired and bright-eyed; Rosie poses for a portrait several years after being discovered on the "Star Search" in 1984.
Rosie is head to toe sparkles at the 12th Annual Cable Ace Awards while walking the red carpet in this ensemble.
Keeping it casual at the Los Angeles "A League of Their Own" premier, Rosie wears an oversized blazer and tan pants.
Showing off her claws, Rosie paws her way down the red carpet at the 44th Annual Emmy Awards in a leopard print ensemble.
Rosie opts for all black with sheer sleeves at the 1993 MTV Movie Awards.
Looking refined and elegant in this floor length trench coat, Rosie attends the 1994 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Inspired by Canadian fashion, Rosie sports a Canadian Tuxedo to the premiere of "Losing Isiah" in Hollywood.
In her signature baggy style, Rosie attends the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a blue silk suit.
Posing for a picture at the "Harriet the Spy" Benefit, Rosie is spotted wearing her favorite color combo: navy and black.
Never one to shy away from a good time or a good cause, Rosie proudly sports her new makeover backstage at the 1997 Kids Choice Awards.
Opting for a pastel look over neon slime, Rosie waves to fans during the 11th Annual Kids Choice Awards.
Rosie shows her awards night enthusiasm by wearing a metallic gold suit to the 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
While we certainly all have a hoodie or two in our wardrobe, we cannot help but wonder why Rosie brought one to the red carpet!
Rosie arrives at the Gilda Club comedy gala in New York City wearing a blue & metallic trench.
Accessorizing with fur, Rosie attends the 4th Annual White Rose Awards Gala with Sesame Street favorite, Elmo, in tow.
Keeping is consistent with darks, Rosie shows off a shorter hairstyle at the 14th Annual GLAAD Awards.
Adding a bit of color to her wardrobe with a bouquet, Rosie walks hand-in-hand with her longtime girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter, shortly after their private wedding ceremony.
Rosie spotted in a pink coat as she attends an art show at the Pop International Galleries.
Rosie and wife, Kelli, are all smiles as they attend the 2004 Emery Awards.
Rocking pink denim again (but this time without the sleeves) Rosie arrives at the Event to Prevent Benefit.
Rosie keeps it casual as she bundles up in an orange vest when visiting Salt Lake City during the winter months.
Rosie wore a tuxedo-inspired look as she made her way onstage at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Rosie relies on her go-to color palette during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Rosie attends her own "For All Kids Foundation" Benefit Cruise, and has some fun with this holiday inspired look.
Rosie and Kelli attend the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards, both looking chic in black suits.
Rosie is showing passion and emotion while she performs on stage at the True Colors Tour.
Rosie attends a reception to benefit UNICEF, shimmering in this metallic jacket.
Rosie attends the premiere of Lifetime's "America" in chunky boots and a black and navy outfit combo.
We suspect blue is her favorite color, as Rosie wears it as an accent to this otherwise dark outfit!
With a clear love for overcoats, Rosie dresses up her classic black duds with a metallic jacket.
Looking pretty in this white peasant top, Rosie adds some embellishment to what might otherwise be a plain ensemble.
Rosie channels her inner model with that stance (and stare!), rocking a bright red cardigan perfect for the holidays.
Rosie looks lovely in this patterned top and chunky heel.
Rosie wears her fashionable glasses for the "Women Behind Bars" Reading.
Rosie keeps it casual with this black and white jacket over black pants and shoes.
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For her part, the O’Donnell gave it right back, telling Melber on set that the president was too mentally unstable for office.
“He’s a horrible, horrible human with no soul and he has a very serious mental disorder,” she said. “This guy is in no means mentally stable enough to run this country and he should be impeached.”
Reps for MSNBC and “Morning Joe” did not immediately respond to request for comment.