Apparently local TV station affiliates are happy to see “O” call it quits. According to an article in Broadcasting & Cable, Oprah’s replacement will undoubtedly save station and ownership groups cash.
“Oprah’s ratings have eroded so much that the image of Oprah is much stronger than the reality of Oprah, either as a news lead-in or as a money-maker,” says one station executive. “In many cases, Oprah is a stunning loss leader. There are people who are deeply thankful she is calling it quits.”
The article further explains that although Oprah’s replacement will unlikely attract Oprah ratings, the replacement will nevertheless be much cheaper.
Oprah fans: no need to fret! Network executives have found you a possible replacement: Rosie O’Donnell. After the legendary talk show host announced that she was pulling her show in 2011, network executives have been scrambling to fill the spot on the daytime talk show circuit, reports E! Online.
O’Donnell, now 47, hasn’t been up to much recently, after leaving The View in May 2007, unless you’ve seen her guest spots on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nip/Tuck and Drop Dead Diva. She also launched the daily show, Rosie Radio on Sirius XM, which she hosts in New York in a custom-built home studio.
Rosie O’Donnell will be dusting off the mic this April as she returns back to where she launched her career: stand-up comedy. Since she exited the stage in 1995, Rosie has been filling her time with a hodge-podge of entertainment gigs. These acts include her long-running talk show The Rosie O’Donnell Show, a role in Grease on Broadway, and a short-lived stint on the View.
Former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell told Rachael Ray that she “lives to tan,” and “exposure to the sun isn’t dangerous,” reports E! News.
Her statements have upset skin cancer groups like the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation, who called her comments “ill-informed” and “irresponsible.” They say they hope she does a public service announcement to clear up her message.
The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell has posted a blog entry on her website in response to her latest opponent: Donald Trump.
The public feud between the two started when Rosie condemned Donald for allowing Miss America, Tara Conner, to retain her crown through allegations of drugs and heavy partying. Donald has since threatened to sue Rosie for making unflattering statements about him.
Rosie had remained silent on recent episodes of The View, even though Donald had continued to blast her.
“Rosie got mentally beaten up by me,” Trump told The Post yesterday, “because she’s a mental midget, a low-life.
“I think she’s got a death wish.”
Now, in her blog entry, Rosie is basically calling the Donald a pimp and Miss America his ho.
“so what happens/when u say the emperor has no clothes/the comb over goes ballistic/via phone to mr king,” Rosie writes on rosie.com.
“a young girl in nyc/meets a pimp/he cons her into a life of illusion/she works for him/no fun – no fucking – no future/she is owned/when she sneaks out -/to party/the night away/he freaks/he roughs her up a bit/shames her in front of the others/teaches her to/behave/for his own benefit/and just when we lost all hope/cagney and lacey showed up/they cuff the pimp/they free the girl.”
Since joining the cast of The View for its tenth season, Rosie has most notably feuded with Kelly Ripa and the Chinese in addition to the Donald.
Rosie O’Donnell says she’s not leaving The View any time soon. O’Donnell, who joined the cast of the daytime talk show just three months ago, shot down rumours that she’s abandoning the show on Thursday’s episode.
She said she had mentioned to an audience member during a commercial break that she wanted to work on FX’s “Nip/Tuck” during The View’s summer hiatus.
“Don’t anybody worry where Rosie’s going,” O’Donnell clarified. “She’s right here.”
Fans had been wondering whether O’Donnell would stay on The View, especially considering the heated on-air arguments she has had with fellow co-star Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But O’Donnell’s presence has done wonders for the show, which boasted its highest November viewership in history this year.
Rosie O’Donnell took “the Meredith chair,” as she called it, on talk show The View today.
Walking onto the stage arm-in-arm with Barbara Walters, O’Donnell complimented her co-hosts, Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and assured the audience that she was “taking my medication and everything will be fine.”
She also assured Walters that she’d notify her when blogging on Rosie.com after Walters was reportedly upset about some of the comments O’Donnell made on her blog about sharing the limelight on The View.
O’Donnell wasn’t all sugar, though. “She talked about having conversations in the bath with her daughter about pubic hair,” the Post Chronicle reports, “looked ready to spar when Joy bizarrely ascribed a Japanese accent to Rosie’s son Blake, and expressed great joy at the USTA National Tennis Center naming itself after lesbian icon Billie Jean King.”
Throwing back to her days as a solo host, however, O’Donnell joked about flowers from former crush Tom Cruise and The View gave out two day cruises to the audience.
Hot on the heels of Katie Couric’s much publicized departure from “Today,” Meredith Vieira signed off of “The View” today, EW.com reports.
Vieira is set to take over Couric?s vacant spot at the NBC morning show in September. Reportedly, Vieira also plans to continue to host the syndicated version of “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.”
The other ladies on “The View” recounted their favourite memories of Vieira, as well, celebrities were on hand to wish her well including Mario Cantone, Joan Rivers and Gilbert Godfrey.
Before the end of the show, Vieira quipped she asked for George Clooney to be the guest, and all she got was Godfrey.
Rosie O’Donnell will be taking over Vieira’s spot on “The View.”