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Rosie Rips Ripa For Ripping Clay

NEW YORK - JUNE 7: TV personality Rosie O'Donnell arrives at a party for Madonna's new children's book "Lotsa De Casha" at Bergdorf Goodman June 7, 2005 in New York City.
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Rosie O'Donnell is accusing Kelly Ripa of making a homophobic remark.

On "The View" Tuesday, O'Donnell said Ripa reacted with a homophobic comment after Clay Aiken put his hand over her mouth while co-hosting "Live With Regis and Kelly."

During a segment Friday with Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, Ripa told Clay his actions were a "no, no," adding, "I don't know where that hand's been, honey."

"If that was a straight man, if that was a cute man, if that was a guy she didn't question his sexuality, she would have said a different thing," O'Donnell said. "I guarantee if that was Mario Lopez, she would not have said the same thing."


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Aiken has been dogged by speculation about his sexuality but he's never answered.

In a call to "The View" today, Ripa blasted O'Donnell's comment as "outrageous." She said Aiken's actions were disrespectful and unprofessional — and that he was spreading germs, since he'd just shaken hands with a lot of audience members.