He also said that Walters actually disparaged O'Donnell by telling him that "working with her is like living in hell" and "Donald, never get into the mud with pigs" and "don't worry, she won't be here for long."
After he described a reputed incident at Le Cirque restaurant two months ago, at which Trump claimed Walters told him not to "ruin my meal" by talking about O'Donnell, Trump ended the letter with a final jab: "Please give my warmest regards to Kelly!" He was referring to O'Donnell's partner, whose name, Kelli, he misspelled.
A spokesperson for Walters declined to comment on the letter. O'Donnell's spokesperson suggested that viewers tune in to "The View" tomorrow, telling the Associated Press, "It will be a great show."
Of course, this is just the latest salvo between the warring parties. From the moment it began with O'Donnell's comments on "The View" on Dec. 20, 2006, to yesterday's letter and Barbara's comeback, here's a recap of the feud:
Dec. 20, 2006:
After Trump announces that he would give embattled Miss USA Tara Conner a second chance, Rosie O'Donnell called Trump a "snake-oil salesman" on "The View," adding "Left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair. Had kids both times, but he's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America," while mocking his voice and hair.
O'Donnell then predicted that Trump would try to sue her, but that "he'll probably be bankrupt by that time, so I won't have to worry" and later posted on her blog information on Trump's financial history from his Wikipedia entry.
Trump strikes back: "Rosie is somebody out of control who really just doesn't have it. And she ought to be careful cause I'll send one of my friends to pick up her girlfriend, and I think it would be very easy." (Access Hollywood)
"Rosie attacks me personally? I know her fairly well because her show failed. She didn't retire. She didn't get the ratings! Her magazine called Rosie was a total disaster," he said. "She's out of her mind. I will probably sue Rosie for a number of reasons. I'm worth a lot of money. She doesn't tell the facts. I imagine it would be pretty easy to take her girlfriend away, considering how Rosie looks." Trump also called her a "bully," "stupid" and "a real loser." ("The Insider")
Dec. 21, 2006:
Rosie responds to Trump's comments about her girlfriend: "I was afraid to leave her at home in case someone with a comb-over came and stole her from me." ("The View") "I just think he's a hot bag of wind, frankly, with bad hair." ("Extra")
Trump's comeback: "I bring it up because they talk about me. Ultimately, that show will fail because of Rosie," adding, "Barbara (Walters) made a mistake. She cannot stand Rosie O'Donnell."
"She was like a little clam. A disgusting thought isn't it, when you compare Rosie to a clam?" ("Good Day L.A.")
Trump called Rosie "disgraceful, a horrible human being, a terrible person." He added: "Her magazine failed. The ratings for her show were terrible. They basically threw her off the air. … She's a bully." (CNN's "Larry King Live")
Dec. 27, 2006:
Rosie writes a poem on her personal blog calling Trump a "pimp":
a young girl in nyc
meets a pimp
he cons her into a life of illusion
she works for him
no fun -- no f------ -- no future
she is owned
when she sneaks out --
to party the night away
he roughs her up a bit
shames her in front of the others
teaches her to behave
for his own benefit
and just when we lost all hope