Rosie O. to leave The View?

Posted by: ST on April 25, 2007 at 8:35 am

The online tabloid website TMZ has the scoop:

There is a strong buzz in Hollywood that Rosie O’Donnell will announce Wednesday (April 25th) that she is leaving “The View.”

If it happens, it’s likely Rosie will stick it out through the end of the season.

TMZ has spoken with multiple industry people who say the word is spreading and the info emanated from inside the show itself.

Rosie’s rep could not be reached for comment.

Just a hot rumor at this point, but how much do you want to bet Baba Wawa is hoping it’s true? Despite her public defending of Rosie, someone of Walter’s journalistic caliber has to be secretly embarassed by all the unnecessary attention Big Mouth has drawn to a show most people used to view as of the casual coffee klatch variety.

Stephen Sprueill opines:

It’s probable that, like many of our celebrity millionaires, she feels disenfranchised and she’s tired of holding back (hard to believe, but by her own admission she is holding back on The View), so my guess is she’s lined up a deal for a show where she can be more overtly political. The most likely place for such a show would be, dare to dream, cable news. But a return to syndication is also possible.

Rosie O.If it does turn out to be true that she’s leaving the show, I’ll probably be one of the few who will miss her being on there. Not because I like her, but because in my opinion Rosie is the face of today’s left, what with her various conspiracy theories about 9-11, thinking BushCo. is out to steal everyone’s rights, believing that the US is the bigger terrorist than Al Qaeda … these are things so many on the left believe – and even though it’s something we see on the Nutroot blogs often, rarely do we get such a candid everyday view of how far left Democrats have gone that we get with Rosie O. Sure, we can see Harry Reid and others on CSPAN, but – sadly – people don’t pay as much attention to politicians as they do celebrities, and the more celebrity moonbats like Rosie O. speak out, the more people can judge for themselves how wacked out the left has become.

With the speculation of where Rosie would go buzzing around the blogosphere, Lorie Byrd has a great suggestion:

I know one place Rosie would fit in perfectly — on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown show on MSNBC. She would probably give his ratings a huge boost.

Heh. Yep. And would give Allah back, as he describes it, “75%” of his blogging material ;)

Update I 9:37 AM: TMZ confirms that Rosie is indeed leaving The View.

Update II 10:22 AM: ABC News is confirming as well:

April 25, 2007 — Rosie O’Donnell is leaving “The View.” ABC has been unable to come to a contractual agreement with “The View” co-host. As a result, her duties on the show will come to an end mid-June.

The president of daytime programming for the Disney-ABC Television Group, Brian Frons, told, “Going in we knew we would have an amazing year with her, and that anything beyond that would be gravy. But we were willing to take the chance because we understood what a coup it was to entice Ro back to daytime television. So here we are a year later, and while we’ve tried to come to terms on a deal that would extend her co-hosting duties on ‘The View,’ we find ourselves unable to agree on some key elements.”

According to Barbara Walters, creator and co-executive producer of “The View,” the departure is an amicable one.

In a statement, Walters said: “I induced Rosie to come back to television on ‘The View’ even for just one year. She has given the program new vigor, new excitement and wonderful hours of television. I can only be grateful to her for this year. I am very sad that ABC Daytime could not reach an agreement with her for a second year. We will all miss Rosie on ‘The View,’ and hope she will be back with us often next season. She remains for me a cherished friend and colleague.”

O’Donnell said: “This has been an amazing experience, and one I wouldn’t have traded for the world. Working with Barbara, Joy and Elisabeth has been one of the highlights of my career, but my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me. To all the viewers out there, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year. But you can always find me at Here’s hoping there’s more confetti for all of us going forward.”

Update III: LOL – Bob Leibowitz suggests Rosie to replace Katie Couric, should the rumors about the perky one being on her way out the door at CBS are true ;)

Update IV: Allah has video of “Ro’s” announcement today on The View. Newsbusters has the transcript.

Update V: Gateway Pundit has video of a crude and rude Rosie making a vulgar gesture in front of an audience that included a group of high school teen girls. (Hat tip: MKH)

Read more via Don Surber, Joe Gandelman, Human Events’ Right Angle blog, James Joyner

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  • 18 Responses to “Rosie O. to leave The View?”


    1. Lorica says:

      LOL I am actually happy this lowlife is leaving the View. If you think that some lefty media outlet won’t give this loud mouth a soap box, I would think again. Who knows she might take Katie’s place on the CBS Evening News. =)) Good Evening and welcome to the CBS Evening News, I’m Rosie O’Donnell. Today George Bush did this and did that and then he did this and he took a break from ruining the world at 11:02 am. LOL :o) She is such a stupid stupid pathetic idiot. – Lorica

    2. benning says:

      NewsMax confirms her leaving, as well:

      Rosie O’Donnell’s stormy tenure on “The View” will be a short one. ABC said Wednesday it was unable to agree on a contract with the opinionated host, and she’ll leave the show in June.

      O’Donnell said in a statement that “my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me.”

      “This has been an amazing experience,” she said, “and one I wouldn’t have traded for the world.”

      Jeepers, what will the Moonbats do for information?

    3. Sister — For a view of Rosie’s plans to improve her perch for pontificating while solving a pressing problem at CBS News, you might take a look at:

      CBS To Get Heavier Anchor?

      — Bob

    4. That is great, Bob! Just linked to it :)

    5. Dana says:

      I do wonder what is going on, because according to MSNBC, the lovely Miss O’Donnell helped to raise the ratings for The View.

      You don’t usually get asked to leave when you’ve improved the ratings.

    6. Lorica says:

      Drudge is reporting that Rosie turned down 10 Million for 3 more years. She wanted 10 Million for each year. Now who wouldn’t negotiate for a bonus or whatever depending on the ratings of the show?? I can’t believe that she would turn down that kind of money. This woman really does have some severe self destructive problems. – Lorica

    7. CZ says:

      O’Donnell has a better chance of taking over for Connie Ching Chang Chung!:@)

    8. sanity says:

      From what I udnerstand she did not want to do a 3 year contract.

      ABC wanted stability with her, and wanted her on a 3 year contract, the money was not the issue. From what is sounds like they would have paid her 10 mill per year if she was have signed a 3 year contract.

      ABC, in fact, wanted O’Donnell to stay with the show. They offered her, as she said on the air, a three-year contract. She refused to sign. Rosie said she’d stay for a year, and this is what you don’t know: She wanted $10 million to do so.

      ABC did not turn down the money. They turned down the one-year part. They wanted stability. They would have paid her something like $30 million to sign for three years. That’s how much they wanted her. She was the future of “The View.”


    9. Lorica says:

      Sanity, it is this sort of lunacy that I don’t watch ABC at all. – Lorica

    10. NC Cop says:

      Rosie is leaving the view?!?!?!

      Wherever shall I go to hear the ramblings of a nonsensical, idiotic, paranoid-delusional, moron without a shred of a clue about what is going on in the real world?????????????????????????

      I guess that crazy guy who stands on the street corner across from Krispy Kreme screaming at the trees will have to do.

    11. forest hunter says:

      Yep! You CAN lead’em to water, but you can’t make’em think!

    12. G-Monster says:

      This is an interesting world we live in, when Rosie O’Donnel is worth 10 million dollars a year or 3 years or whatever. I don’t find her ammusing. I find her vulgar.

    13. G-Monster says:

      After hearing Donald Trumps input, I believe Rosie was fired for disgusting comments she made towards hom at the Waldorf Astoria.

    14. Asymmetric says:

      I have some ideas on who should replace her.


      Please submit your links as trackbacks. Thanks. –ST

    15. sanity says:

      Oh I have some ideas also….

      But more to replace Elizabeth H on the show.

      Lets see….

      People who could easily fill her shoes and give the other gas bags on the show a run for their money….

      – Sister Toldjah
      – Michelle Malkin
      – Laura Ingraham
      – Mary Katharine Ham
      – LaShawn Barber

      As for replacement for Rosie?

      I say Dennis Miller.