The O’Donnell, Ripa, Aiken Feud is Finally Over

According to Barbara Walters that is.

On Wednesday’s “The View,” Walters said, “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.”

In case you have been living in a hole for the last week, here’s what happened when Clay appeared on “Regis and Kelly” as a cohost:

Aiken covered Ripa’s mouth with his hand during an interview on Friday’s show. Ripa, 36, pushed his hand away.

“Oh, I’m in trouble,” said the 27-year-old “American Idol” star, to which Ripa responded, “No, I just don’t — I don’t know where that hand’s been, honey.”

O’Donnell said Tuesday on “The View”: “If that was a straight man, if that was a cute man, if that was a guy that she didn’t question his sexuality, she would have said a different thing.”

Ripa said O’Donnell misunderstood her remark.

“He’s shaking hands with everybody in the audience. I mean, it’s cold and flu season. That’s what I meant,” she said. “And to imply that it’s anything homophobic is outrageous, Rosie, and you know better.”

“I understand cold and flu season,” O’Donnell replied. “I’m just saying from where I sit as a gay person in the world, I have to tell you, that’s how it came off to me.”

I think we can chalk this up to two people looking at something from a different perspective: as a gay person, and as a mother. Simple as that.

Walters: O’Donnell-Ripa feud is over [AP]