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Posted by on May 25, 2007 in Arts & Entertainment, Media | 30 comments

Rosie O’Donnell’s Explosive Exit From “The View” (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Rosie O’Donnell will not return to ABC’s “The View.” Basically, a few weeks ago she quit but planned to be back. This time she quit sooner:

In a statement today, Brian Frons, the president of Disney-ABC’s Daytime Television Group, said, “We had hoped that Rosie would be with us until the end of her contract three weeks from now, but Rosie has informed us that she would like an early leave. Therefore, we part ways, thank her for her tremendous contribution to ‘The View’ and wish her well.”

Barbara Walters, the show’s creator and co-executive producer, said, “I brought Rosie to the show. Rosie contributed to one of our most exciting and successful years at ‘The View.’ I am most appreciative. Our close and affectionate relationship will not change.”

In her statement, O’Donnell said, “I’m extremely grateful. It’s been an amazing year and I love all three women.”

Some may wonder about THAT.

Here’s what we wrote earlier:

“The View” has been anything but tranquil and soothing these days.

In our last chapter, Rosie O’Donnell she was moving on from the program for which she helped boost ratings after a media-mega-saturated feud with Donald Trump and some public comments by her about Trump that left some jaws dropping (including by some reports host Barbara Walters’).

But her latest fiery on the air clash with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday not only seemed intensely personal, but this report in the New York Post suggests the ill-feeling was indeed not feigned:

ROSIE O’Donnell left “The View” with a bang, not a whimper, following her on-air smackdown with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Rosie’s chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly escorted from the building after she was caught drawing moustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck that hang in the “View” studios.

So, you see? Daffy Duck isn’t the only who pulls the old moustache-on-the picture routine. But it’s clear this was NO JOKE:

The Post’s Adam Buckman reports ABC confirmed in a statement only that “photographs at ‘The View’s’ offices were defaced. Rosie O’Donnell was not in the building. ABC Legal and Human Resources are investigating the matter.” Barber is an old friend of O’Donnell who worked with her years ago on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

There were also rumors O’Donnell was so angry after her argument with Hasselbeck that she trashed her dressing room, although ABC denied the tantrum.

Meanwhile, “The View” went on yesterday without O’Donnell, who was taking a previously planned day off to celebrate partner Kelli Carpenter’s 40th birthday.

And what was all the fuss about? You can watch the 10-minute segment below, which starts off with another co-host listing a long laundry list of complaints about President George Bush. Watch the faces throughout of O’Donnell (the liberal) and Hasselbeck (the conservative):

And so you have the two ostensible issues: (1) Why didn’t you defend me and say you don’t believe them and (2) It’s not my role to explain your insinuations.

Bigger issue: the exchange typifies what has happened to political discussion in America, where both sides yell and scream at and over each other. It’s like a broadcaster on AM radio hoping his AM-broadcast program can be heard on FM radios.

Also: Rosie O’Donnell’s personal blog.

UPDATE II: Be sure to check out some other thoughts on The View’s big confrontation:
Yeah Politics.
The Anchoress
Wizbang Pop
Ann Althouse
Rachel Skylar at Huffington Post

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  • DLS

    If she claims our troops are terrorists, that’s like the dirtbags who call the USA a terrorist state. She is an idiot if she expected to say something like that without criticism from (real) Americans [tm]. Meanwhile, the media, who continue to be mainly liberal, will be called “corporate right-wing” by the Usual Suspects.

    Are the actions of Rosie’s writer a surprise, other than possibly being milder than might have been anticipated?

  • to be fair, the blond one was the first who insulted “do you hear me?” and later she was quite aggressive again. The blond sexbomb was obviously annoyed with O’Donnell before the show started.

    O, and… umh.

    Is this political debate?

    If this goes around the world, well, good thing for America’s image, I’ll tell you that.

  • More: this was highly personal and emotional. These were two women who probably greatly dislike each other.

    The conservative one, by the way, was far more emotional than that O’Donnell type was.

  • DLS

    > umh

    Don’t do that. It’s unbecoming for more than one reason.

    O’DONNELL: I haven’t — I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?

    HASSELBECK: Who are the terrorists?

    O’DONNELL: 655,000 Iraqis — I’m saying you have to look, we invaded —

    HASSELBECK: Wait, who are you calling terrorists now? Americans?

    O’DONNELL: I’m saying if you were in Iraq, and the other country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?

  • Question- why on a blog devoted to politics, is a washed up comedienne like O’Donnell and a blond bimbette nobody’s opinions even worthy of serious discussion.

    It’s called Mr. Nasty time of the month.

    Please ‘splain why this is news.

  • We have never only done politics. I’ve done reviews, features and posts on things like the sopranos. Check on memeorandum and you’ll see that not only show business sites are reporting on the story. Check on technorati as well. From the first day, this blog was not just about covering elections and politicians although we do a lot of that. The new design will make that more clear in the description on the masthead. Also, since Ms. O’Donnell has been discussed a lot on weblogs we don’t think the world will fall apart if we do a post summing up the latest. And that You Tube excerpt is interesting…in several ways.

  • DLS

    > Please ’splain why this is news.

    It’s news because it’s news(!). Even those of us who don’t watch teevee (we aren’t classic[al-era] Dems, who were targeted by CBS with Katie Couric) can respond to the key issues here when they’re presented, being the news sources that they currently are — just like “American Idol” [gag] or the Paris Hilton nonsense, or “The Sopranos,” etc. We’re free to comment or not to comment here on these things.

    Also, Rosie has other, notorious, far-left company when it comes to viewing our troops as terrorists.

  • AustinRoth

    If watching a fat, stupid, ugly lesbian lefty go at it with a dumb, tarted-up, blond righty bimbo over Iraq isn’t the perfect example of political commentary in the US today, what is?

  • kritter

    First of all – the most overused words to bomb the other side are: Terrorists, victory, defeat, Hitler, fascist, socialist, islamofascist.

    One person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighters – remember the contras?- depending on your viewpoint. I’m not calling our troops terrorists at all, but that was the point Rosie was trying to make, but of course made by offending 300 million people with her usual panache, lol. I’m kinda glad the loudmouth is off the air and out of the news, so that she isn’t used by right as the poster child for the antiAmerican left. Probably the crown viewed the American colonists as terrorists. We viewed ourselves as freedom fighters.

  • I’ve never seen the view and don;t think I’ve missed much. Austin, just who are you calling a “fat, stupid, ugly lesbian lefty?”

  • AustinRoth


    Sorry if you find her attractive. Other than that adjective, which other one could you possible find incorrect?

  • DLS

    > a fat, stupid, ugly lesbian lefty
    > a dumb, tarted-up, blond righty bimbo

    What’s worse is that I have actually read a political book by a typical “wisdom-challenged” youth in the past who has said that anyone running for office who cannot identify people like these (or Paris Hilton, or whoever is on “American Idol” currently, or which characters have done what on the teevee shows) doesn’t deserve a vote (and it is implied they are unfit for office) because they are out of touch with the people.

    You see, that’s where a few of us insist on real quality (and inclusion of quality along with quantity when it comes to improving the suffrage). In fact, anyone who believes that about politicians and electability, or eligibility, as this young person expressed in his activist book, is unfit to vote.

    Sadly, such inanities (and related things like celebrity worship as well as preoccupation with entertainment, etc.) are too typical nowadays.

  • DLS

    > “fat, stupid, ugly lesbian lefty?”

    Well, the next time I’m on the road through Cincy I’ll stop by and say hello and we’ll see whether or not you’re fat or ugly.


    K: Obviously our military personnel are not terrorists. There is no need to give the slightest respect to any form of equivocation in this regard regarding invaders and occupiers.

  • kritter

    DLS Are you saying now that we are not invaders or occupiers either??? That would be a pretty hard point to argue. I will say we are not terrorists.

  • kritter

    Austin- You sound just like Donald Trump, who certainly has a few issues of his own, lol!

  • superdestroyer

    This is probably the future of the media after the Democrats bring back the Fairness Doctrine. The MSM will match militant screamers with “bimbos” and call it even.

  • DLS

    > Are you saying now that
    > we are not invaders or
    > occupiers either???

    No. Those are the correct terms, rather than “terrorists.”

  • I’m certainly a fat lesbian but am neither stupid nor ugly. No, Rosie does not interest me.

  • kritter

    Oh, good. I was afraid you were going to call us freedom fighters!

    SD- Well, Rosie’s no peach, but you gotta admit Elizabeth isn’t exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer either. The left has its Rosie, Michael moore and Franken and you guys have your Rush, Monica Goodling and Pat Robertson. So I’d say there’s plenty on both sides to offend just about everybody.

  • DLS

    > freedom fighters

    I read your mind!

    I’m too nice to engage in torture, especially with the latest news about the torture manual that has been recovered in Iraq.

  • Well, Joe, I understand that other sites are doing it, and I know the dumbing down of news exists, but it’s one thing when a Don Imus or Cindy Sheehan makes news. They are doing pointedly politcal acts. This is merely 2 celebrities with no talent nor wisdom kvetching.

    The blond’s prior claim to fame is Survivor. Yes, it’s illustrative of poli-speak today, but sinc ethat’s so awash on blogs (even occasionally this one) just how much news is it really, or more of the same old same old?

  • The American government has been involved in operations that could be called “terrorism” for years. Nicaragua, Vietnam, Iran, Afghanistan. What we are doing now to the people of Somalia. We’ve helped fund extremists in Palestine and Lebanon. The list is pretty extensive.

    Again, we have to be willing to judge ourselves by the same standards we judge others.

  • Pyst

    This is one “subject” I thought I’d not see blogged about here at TMV. I am very disappointed that this even made it into the “news” cycle here, and lowers my opinion of this blog greatly now. Meaningless Faux Snooze quality drivel about 2 “celebrties” harping at eachother….how friggen sad that it is now something “we must know about” as if cable news does real reporting anymore. Infotainment welcome to TMV.

    An after rant just for fun moment….Donald Trump called the blonde bimbo “the dumbest person on TV” LOL.

  • Thief

    Remember being young and hearing, “The End was near”? Wars and Rumors of Wars, Mens hearts failing with fear….things that seemed so futuristic yet prophecies fulfilled. Read Revelation. Try to factually dispute it. We have men dying, families members torn away. We should remember while we are debating timelines and placing fault~ people are dying for what they believe. We should be praying not blogging. Passion drives our needs for self expression and soldiers have defend our rights for that very freedom of speech. It is In God I Trust, not Presidents, not Elizabeth or Rosie. After 911 everyone flew flags and wore bracelets searching for God…He is here and His Son Will be Back. Peace.

  • T-Steel

    I am very disappointed that this even made it into the “news” cycle here, and lowers my opinion of this blog greatly now.

    WOW! A little tizzy of news story + TMV writing about it = Lower opinion of TMV. With all the “heavy” news that TMV is on top of regularly? Very harsh words, Pyst. And not fair in the slightest in my opinion.

  • I make no apologies for a post on that at all. Anyone who has read TMV since it started KNOWS that we do posts on big things, TV, reviews, etc. Sorry. I personally visit sites where I can get a variety and I think if someone doesn’t like a post, then can simply take a second and scroll down to the next one. We WILL do posts on items involving TV news, entertainment stories, nonpolitical things, etc….just as TMV has done from the very day i started writing it, before there were cobloggers — and just as I did when I guest blogged on Dean’s World on weekends some years ago. PS: check with google and memorandum. I think some other news organizations, news agencies, and weblogs are writing a little bit about this too…It is valid to report on popular culture…and even if it wasn’t, we’re going to do it here from time to time.

  • Pyst

    There are actual worthy stories out there, this “story” didn’t warrant being mentioned….. I’ll stick by my comment.

    “Pop culture” is whats making the country slowly go to sh**.

    “Other news organizations”, need to be chided for running with this story as well.

    I hadn’t realized TMV was now considering E, Entertainment Tonite, or Fox News regular infotainement programming (Hannity& Colmes/O’Reilly) as “news organizations”. LOL

    Don’t get me wrong I’m not popping any bloodvessels over this, but I am disappointed.

  • kritter

    I don’t think its pop culture itself, its the media’s fascination with it that’s destroying journalism. These media conglomerates no longer care about educating the public, merely about the bottom line. Things that belong in the magazine aisle in the grocery store are now broadcast to us 24/7. A nonentity like Anna Nicole is given coverage worthy of a president when she OD’s, after an empty, wasted life. I was 9 when JFK was assasinated, but believe that ANS’ death actually rated more airtime in our celebrity-obsessed culture. Meanwhile stations that ignore the crap- like PBS and NPR are attacked by conservatives as having a liberal bias.

  • Pyst

    Thats because PBS and NPR aren’t feeding the masses the mind numbing garbage to keep them in the dark like mushrooms, thats why they are declared to be liberally biased because they actually do news and thats bad for liars political health.

  • kritter

    I hate to admit this because it puts me in the category of the loony left, but I have often wondered if the corporate media climate we live in puts the lid on sensitive investigations when they get too close to the truth, and we end up getting a big load of pablum to pacify us instead. Chris Matthews said that Libby called NBC and complained about him when he kept asking about the VP role in the CIA Leak case. After all of the threats and attacks they have made against the NYT’s, nothing would surprise me.
    Look at presidential press conferences where the questions and questioners are preordained to prevent any nasty surprises from surfacing.

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