Friday, May 25, 2007

Rosie Has Left The Building

Well, after watching this past Wednesday's split-screen shouting match between Rosie and Elizabeth, I guess I should have seen this coming.

Rosie O'Donnell takes early exit from VIEW

CNN just reported this...

Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at "The View."

ABC said Friday she won't be back on the show following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday.

O'Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract. She was due to leave "The View" in mid-June.

"Rosie contributed to one of our most exciting and successful years at 'The View,' " show creator Barbara Walters said. "I am most appreciative. Our close and affectionate relationship will not change."

In a statement, O'Donnell said she was grateful. "It's been an amazing year and I love all three women."

Presumably, that includes Hasselbeck. The two exchanged bitter words on Wednesday over O'Donnell's opposition to the war in Iraq.

They've frequently had snippy political exchanges during O'Donnell's year on the daytime chatfest, but never as long and loud as that one.

After watching Wednesday's show, I hope that Rosie is ok. It seems to me that being one of the only out-spoken, liberal voices on national television has taken it's toll.

She seemed broken to me. I hope that's not the case, but even so, leaving this show now is the absolute best thing for her spirit and her soul.

Thanks for carrying us through, Rosie. You will be missed.


Aaron said...

Rosie will be OK...she's had quite a few scrapes over the years, and seems to back away whenever she needs to. I'm sure she expected that there would be friction, esp. with the lovely and Stepford-esque Ms. Hasselbeck. It's probably that she WOULDN'T end up completely broken that she took early leave.

Stephen Rader said...

Aaron - You're probably right that Rosie left early so that she won't be broken. It's just so hard to see someone that stood up for so many be hurt like that. If only a few of the Democrats had Rosie's balls, Bush wouldn't have gotten his way without time limits.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

It's not a good time to be an outspoken liberal anywhere, especially on TV.

Stephen Rader said...

Whim - If only the Democrats would stand up and fight the Texas Idiot, things might start to turn around. But until then, the handfull of outspoken liberals in the media will do their fighting for them.

Well, on the bright side: 1) !t least we had a good portion of a year with Rosie shouting for our side and 2) I can take THE VIEW off my TiVo's To Do List.

Master Aaron said...

Now I can spend an entire hour vocalizing every morning. ...I am SO mad at that Elizabeth person...

Stephen Rader said...

Master Aaron - I can't wait to get home and see what was said on today's show. And who were the hosts.

Grandma (a.k.a. Barbara Walters) doesn't like to be fucked with - - as we all remember from the day after Star Jones was fired - - but Rosie has been nothing but a ratings boost for THE VIEW. How do you put a positive spin on this whirlwind of insane press?