Rosie O’Donnell Is Leaving “The View” (UPDATED)

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What will editors and bloggers now do on a slow news day? Rosie O’Donnell is leaving “The View.”

UPDATE: Her announcement is HERE.

Some sites have confirmed it, it’ll be announced soon and the key question becomes: what will happen to “The View’s” ratings now that viewers know they might not watch a tongue lashing or an acrobatic foot-in-mouth manuever? And what show will Donald Trump watch now? TMZ:

TMZ has now confirmed the buzz that we exclusively reported last night: Rosie O’Donnell will announce on today’s show that she is leaving “The View.” And TMZ has confirmed that “View” honchos are already searching for her replacement.

Her latest blast came Monday at Fox News and New York Post Ultimate Boss Rupert Murdoch:

Rosie O’Donnell has tossed off countless one-liners and quips in her career. On Monday, she had one line she said she never imagined she’d utter: “Please welcome Rupert Murdoch.�

O’Donnell was hosting the New York Women in Communication annual awards luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan. Murdoch, the media mogul whose holdings include the New York Post and Fox News, was presenting an award to columnist Cindy Adams.

O’Donnell’s shots at Murdoch started from her opening.

“This is a celebration of women who changed the world, and no one understands why Rupert Murdoch is on the dais,� she said, adding, “I mean that in the kind, loving Post-like way, sir; it’s delightful to see you in person.�

She turned to the audience and finished, “I was looking for numbers on his head. There aren’t any.�

O’Donnell didn’t say what Murdoch might have done to provoke her ire.

When Murdoch’s turn to speak came, he just said, “Thank you, everyone, including Rosie.�

And it was notable what “The View’s” creator and host Barbara Walters then did — she put as much distance between herself and O’Donnell as possible without jumping out the window:

Among the other presenters at the luncheon was Barbara Walters, who appears with O’Donnell on “The View.�

“I would like to point out that Rosie’s view is not always mine,� she said. “I would like to say for the record that I am very fond of Rupert Murdoch.�

A Fox News report says resignation rumors started after this appearance, partially because O’Donnell used the “f-word” at that appearance:

Rosie O’Donnell’s bawdy humor while emceeing the Matrix Awards on Monday may result in her leaving “The View.”

There is strong buzz in Hollywood that O’Donnell will announce Wednesday that she is signing off from the ABC show, TMZ.com reported.[As seen above,TMZ now says it is confirmed.]

…The chat-show host dropped the F-bomb as Barbara Walters lowered her head and covered her face with her hand. She also concluded a rant about Donald Trump by grabbing her crotch and shouting a profane epithet.

The last Rosie who grabbed her crotch in public and suffered accordingly was Rosanne Barr some years ago when she sang the national anthem in San Diego, was roundly booed and her public image was never quite the same. Only Michael Jackson has gotten away with crotch grabbing in public…

O’Donnell said she was sad when Trump called her “disgusting” and “fat” because it was always her dream to turn on “an old, bald billionaire.” [Fox actually cleaned up the actual quote a bit. It was a bit more specific in its wording.]

The Fox News report notes that both Democrats and Republicans were turned off by O’Donnell’s comments at the event — and it was not the comments about Murdoch that upset them.

In reality, O’Donnell pushed the envelope in terms of controversial comments on “The View” since most daytime talk shows don’t make news (or usually provide literally days of angry rant material to talk show hosts and bloggers). Prediction: her outspokenness could translate into some specials on cable and big crowds at comedy clubs and comedy concerts. But she will likely may still be too unpredictable to handle for most television program syndicators who produce shows for broadcast television.

24 Comments

  1. The show is irrelevant and I don’t really like O’Donnell.

  2. While I can’t say I really watch the View often, from what I did see I can say I was surprised to she Rosie on it for so long with all the vitriol surrounding her. I truly hope that your your prediction about a lack future TV career proves to be correct, the left doesn’t really need an opposite to Hannity. (though there is a dramatic typo in that prediction)

  3. I don’t watch The View, and think she’s an embarassment for the left, but I’ve got to wonder whether this has anything to do with Tom DeLay. After Imus was fired, DeLay vowed to get revenge, and started a campaign to get ABC to dump Rosie. She is undoubtedly offensive, but I would hate it if that’s the reason that she’s leaving the show. I do think that Hannity and Rush are equally offensive on the right- is anyone calling for their dismissals?

  4. As much as I hate this woman and I do mean hate…..i really feel sorry for her. She obviously has some serious issues and I hope she does not self destruct. I would suggest strong support from her friends and hope they can get her the help she needs. This has gone from funny to serious. She must be off her medications.

  5. What a shame. She was a refreshing voice from the otherwise boring rhetoric that is seen on other programs.

  6. Does this mean we’ll again be seeing her on Broadway with Harvey Firestein? :-o

  7. kritter Says:

    April 25th, 2007 at 7:58 am
    I don’t watch The View, and think she’s an embarassment for the left, but I’ve got to wonder whether this has anything to do with Tom DeLay.

    Ah, yes, a conspiracy theory! The rich irony of it all! kritter, you may not realize it, but you could be the perfect replacement for Rosie!

  8. I will miss The View since Rosie was what drew
    me to the program. I wont be watching when
    she leaves. A strong honest intelligent voice is so rare on
    a television talk show. What a loss!

  9. Rosie could be a very successful blogger. She has the basic ingredients of many, Hate and anger galore.

  10. OH HAPPY DAY!! I AM SO DELIGHTED TO HEAR TACKY ROSIE IS LEAVING THE VIEW. HOPEFULLY THEY WILL CHANGE THEIR MINDS ABOUT HAVING HER COME DO SIT IN VISITS. WHILE I DO AGREE WITH A LOT OF ROSIE’S VIEWS (ALMOST ALL) I DO NOT LIKE HER AT ALL. SHE IS SUCH A HYPOCRITE. SHE HATES GUNS BUT HAS ARMED BODY GUARDS. SHE ATTACKS DONALD TRUMP AND WHEN HE IS NOT INIMIDATED AS MANY ARE AND STRIKES BACK, SHE TAKES THE ROLL OF VICTIM. SHE BELIEVES HIS REMARKS ABOUT HER WEIGHT ARE OFFENSIVE HOWEVER, SHE FIRST MADE FUN OF HIS HAIR WHICH COULD BE OFFENSIVE TO BALDING MALES. SHE THOUGHT HE WOULD ROLL OVER LIKE MOST DO AND WHEN HE DIDNT SHES LIKE “WHY IS THIS GUY INFATUATED WITH ME”? LIKE SHE DIDNT START THE SH*T. AND INITIALLY SHE WAS DEFENDING IMUS TO AN EXTENT. I THINK IF YOU BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH THAT IS GREAT AND GOOD BUT, IF HE HAD CALLED THOSE YOUNG GIRLS CARPET MUNCHING DIKES (NOT TO BE OFFENSIVE, MAKING A POINT) HER VIEW WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. IT CANT BE FREE SPEECH, UNLESS THEY SAY SOMETHING OFFENSIVE TO ROSIE. SHES A DAMN MESS AND BARBRA WALTERS KNOWS SHE TOLD DONALD NOT TO GET IN THE MUD WITH PIGS (REFFERING TO ROSIE) AND MEANT IT (DON WAS WRONG FOR PUTTING IT OUT THERE THOUGH). ROSIE IS DEFINITELY A PIG, NOT REFERING TO HER SIZE BUT, HER DIRTY AND UGLY AND NASTY WAYS. AND STAR SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGER PERSON WHEN ROSIE ATTACKED HER, SHE SHOULD HAVE WENT AFTER HER. BARB W BACK STABBED AND LIED TO STAR SO IM SURE SHE SOMEHOW UNDERHANDEDLY HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THEM NOT ALLOWING HER TO GET A ONE YEAR CONTRACT KNOWING ROSIE WOULD GO. WHAT A MESS SHE IS!!!

  11. Casual Observer- “Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has called on the ABC television network to fire Rosie O’Donnell if she continues her vehement anti-American diatribes.”

    Hardly a conspiracy theory.

  12. You’re entitled to your “view”. LOL!

    We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out. I would sooner believe Donald Trump held some sway with BW and Disney than DeLay though.

    I’ll bet you 5 carbon credits.

  13. Anything’s possible, I guess casual. I thought that stupid celebrity feud was artificial-engineered solely to get ratings for Trumps’ The Apprentice- and now , oddly right after the season finale on Sunday- Rosie decides not renew her contract. Could be either or neither. Maybe she wants to spend more time with her family!

  14. On the contrary, Holly……..use of ALL CAPS is a nice early warning sign about the content to follow!

  15. All caps is legitimate. It just looks like the user is shouting; it is not an annoyance. All lower case, on the other hand, is never correct English and is a truly annoying self-absorbed, childish behavior. So is misuse of the slash character (often in place of a conjunction).

  16. Holly said: “Can we please dispense with the annoying ALL-CAPS?”

    Holly…really!

    We should welcome Mr. Trump (otherwise known as “mICAT72″) to TMV!

  17. “We should welcome Mr. Trump (otherwise known as “mICAT72″) to TMV! ”

    Marlowe-Not that egotistical Gasbag, please! My nephew was on his show this season, and I already know more than I want to about him.

  18. HOLLY, NO I WILL NOT. MY CHOICE, IF CAPITAL LETTERS ANNOY YOU, YOU’VE GOT ISSUES. TOO BAD

  19. AND NO MARLOWE, ITS NOT DT. NOTHING I SAID CAN BE SERIOUSLY DISPUTED THOUGH. DONT LIKE IT, TOO BAD. AS I STATED BEFORE THOUGH, I AGREE WITH THE MAJORITY OF HER VIEWS ON EVERYTHING, JUST DONT LIKE HYPOCRISY.

  20. This Rosie news and attention is as relavent as missing blond girls from Alabama and cruise ship murders. I will not comment on American Idolitary.

  21. So are the airwaves going to be bland and canned now that all of the refreshingly honest- translation offensive to the delicate sensibilities of the PC viewers are being taken off the air, one by one? Both Imus and Rosie offended me sometimes (I mean in recaps -I didn’t watch their broadcasts) but I hope there will still be some spontaneity on talk shows- otherwise they will be very, very boring.

  22. Just think about it, Rosie and Alec in the sme week!
    How lucky can we get?

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