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The Ladies of The Talk and The View Respond to Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn's Suicide: VIDEOS

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17-year-old Leelah Alcorn's tragic suicide was a talking point on recent episodes of both The View and The Talk.

Leelah, you'll recall, stepped in front of a tractor-trailer late December after being subjected to months of abuse and isolation at the hands of her parents after she came out to them as transgender.

Choking up on The View Thursday, guest co-host Laverne Cox recounted her own struggles growing up, including a suicide attempt at age 11. 

Said Cox:

CoxI did an 'It Gets Better' video, but I was also very critical of it. It got better for me when I learned how to reach out and get support, when I really did the work to truly love myself. And that's a lot of work, but you can't do it alone. And I don't want to demonize her parents, her parents must be going through the worst thing any parent would go through. But I think what they did by isolating her and not supporting her, she didn't feel like she could reach out for support, I think that's the worst thing you can do.

The ladies of The Talk were also critical of the way Leelah's parents handled things, with Aisha Tyler saying:

Talk2Every parent of a transgender child should understand that this is not a phase, that it's not a fashion trend. When your child comes to you and says "I feel like I'm a girl in a boy's body" you have to listen to your child and love them. They need your support. They don't need you to tell them that they're a bad person or that the devil is in them. 

Sarah Gilbert teared up saying "I just think it's more important to let go of the idea that you have a son than to lose your child" while Sheryl Underwood spoke at length about Leelah's "Christian bully" parents:

TalkThat is not what Christianity is all about. You're going to drive people away from what Christian love is truly all about. And I'd like to see this family, especially this mother, instead of trying to defend something that is definitely wrong to almost every mother in this room, get on your knees and ask your child and ask the Lord to forgive you for anything you did to hurt your child. 

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Let Annie Lennox Put Some Soul in Your Saturday Step With 'Georgia on My Mind' - VIDEO

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Annie Lennox stopped by The View yesterday to promote Nostalgia, her first non-holiday album in 7 years that features covers of classic 20th century hits - including "Georgia on My Mind" as made famous by Ray Charles. 

Lennox also sat down with the ladies to share how she picked which songs to cover on the album and to clarify her "feminist-lite" Beyonce comments. 

Check out the interview and her fantastic performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Laverne Cox Talks New Show, Jenji Kohan, and 'Telling the T' on 'The View': VIDEO

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Laverne Cox stopped by "The View" on Tuesday, gabbing with Rosie O'Donnell and Nicole Wallace. Tragically, Whoopi Goldberg wasn't there for this segment, so we didn't get another taste of their rapport.

For the most part, Cox spoke about her new project Logo documentary "The T Word." The doc follows the lives of young transgender people, who Cox points out face (on the whole) less adversity than you might have feared. Two of the show's castmembers were in attendance at "The View."

Cox also joked, defining the "T" in "T word," giving "trans" as a definition, but also pointing out the usage found among queens on "RuPaul's Drag Race." "T means truth," Cox said, with a laugh. "Trans folks started that by the way!" 

Cox talked her early days as an actress — working in independent film. She also talked her breakthrough — getting cast in "Orange is the New Black." Cox describes the serendipity of finding the show; in the early stages of casting Jenji Kohan had (jokingly) said: "We need to hire someone on this show, and ideally, they will have a twin brother." Along came Laverne and the rest is history.

Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Kristin Chenoweth Sings Touching Tribute To Joan Rivers On 'The View' - VIDEO

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The wickedly popular Kristin Chenoweth stopped by The View yesterday to offer her own musical memorial to the recently departed Joan Rivers. Co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg, who also attended Rivers' funeral, joined Chenoweth in paying tribute to the late great comedienne. 

Watch and listen to the Tony and Emmy winner sing "Borrowed Angels", AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jenny McCarthy Apologizes For Calling Hillary Clinton A Lesbian: VIDEO

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Jenny McCarthy has apologized for suggesting on The View that Hillary Clinton might be a lesbian, reports Huffington Post.

As McCarthy and her co-hosts discussed Ronald Kessler's new book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents, she suggested Hillary Clinton might be a lesbian and said the Clintons could have some sort of marital "arrangement."

However, in a later blog post, McCarthy claimed she uses jokes while on The View because she is out of her comfort zone:

“[Following the Clinton segment], we talked about a female CEO not helping other women in her workplace and my spiritual side felt excited to get out my personal mission statement about “girl code.” I stated that we women need to look out for one another. That we need to stop ripping on each other and empower one another. This is something that is very important to me and I hold so close to my heart.

"That night, as I lay in bed and reflected on my day, I realized I was a hypocrite. How could I make a joke like that and then five minutes later preach about female empowerment? It makes me sad when I see women ripping on other women, and there I was making a joke about our possible first female president!

"I hope you will be patient with me as I continue to figure myself out and grow to be the example of female empowerment I always intend to be."

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Former Co-Host Of 'The View' Elisabeth Hasselbeck Slams Rosie O'Donnell's Return

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Conservative talking head Elisabeth Hasselbeck recently called into Fox News chat show Fox & Friends to discuss the leftover beef she has with her former The View co-host and frenemy Rosie O’Donnell.

Hasselbeck and O’Donnell used to regularly butt heads, and now that O’Donnell has returned to the show, Hasselbeck has some words:

“Talk about not securing the border! Here comes into The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debate for the time that she was there, coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at The View Table. Not surprising…”

Hasselbeck claims that O’Donnell took credit for producing a recent episode of The View that bid adieu to beloved long-time co-hostess Barbara Walters, and that O’Donnell actually intended the episode as her own return to the popular daytime talk show.

Hasselbeck continued by saying that that whoever else joins the show as a roundtable regular will likely be chosen by O’Donnell herself. Rumor is that the show is eyeing Abby Huntsman, Meghan McCain, and Margaret Hoover as possible conservative co-hosts.

You may recall that O’Donnell left the view amid failed contract negotiations back in 2007 whereas Hasselbeck left The View in 2013 to join the conservative chatterboxes at Fox and Friends.

Joy Behar, another former co-hostess of The View recently denounced Hasselbeck's comments about O'Donnell as "hate-filled."

Hear Hasselbeck’s beef and Behar's response AFTER THE JUMP…

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