As expected, Rosie O’Donnell announced her imminent departure from ABC’s estro-fest The View today. "It’s on CNN?" she asked mockingly. "It’s breaking news?" Well, it was certainly breaking enough for Rosie, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck to discuss immediately upon settling into their seats — and then maintain the topic for seven minutes.
Rosie explained that she couldn’t come to terms with ABC on a new deal: she wanted to extend her contract for one year, ABC wanted her to sign on for three. "I’m not going away, I’m just not going to be here everyday," said Rosie, who added that she’d be back on the show sporadically. (She also managed to shamelessly plug her blog.)
Boss lady Barbara made it clear that she had nothing to do with the negotiations: they were between Rosie’s people and ABC Daytime. In her icy/cuddly, sleeps-on-a-bed-of-nails/has-conversations-with-her-dogs way, Barbara expressed regret over Ro’s departure. "I am sad…I hoped that it would last more than a year…You will be missed." Of course, the controversy Rosie generated will be missed, too. In its 10 years on air, The View was never more relevant than with Rosie as the moderator.
As the most calculating woman in news today, Barbara can probably already hear the ding of the show’s cash register growing quiet, which makes her assertion that the show hasn’t even thought about a replacement so absurd. It’s only a matter of time before this mom and pop closes shop.
I hear Don Imus is looking for work, Barb. He could probably get tongues wagging. [Image credit: Getty]