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And the top story on CNN's website is ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SheaSeals, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. SheaSeals

    SheaSeals Member

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Rosie O'Donnell's stormy tenure on "The View" will be a short one. The opinionated host was unable to agree on a contract with ABC, and she'll leave the show in June.

    "My needs for the future just didn't dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me," O'Donnell said in a statement Wednesday.

    "This has been an amazing experience," she said, "and one I wouldn't have traded for the world."

    O'Donnell has helped raise the ratings for the daytime chat show invented by Barbara Walters. But her outspokenness has caused almost constant controversy, including a nasty name-calling feud with Donald Trump that placed Walters squarely in the middle.

    "I induced Rosie to come back to television on 'The View' even for just one year," Walters said. "She has given the program new vigor, new excitement and wonderful hours of television. I can only be grateful to her for this year."

    Walters was frequently left to clean up the damage after O'Donnell. She did it most recently Monday, when O'Donnell was criticized for using bad language and attacking Rupert Murdoch from the dais of the annual New York Women in Communication awards luncheon.

    "I would like to point out that Rosie's view is not always mine," Walters said. "I would like to say for the record that I am very fond of Rupert Murdoch."

    In the Trump imbroglio, O'Donnell was reportedly mad that Walters did not come more swiftly to her defense, while Trump said Walters told him she didn't want O'Donnell on the show -- a claim Walters denied.

    Statements by public figures are being watched more closely in the post-Don Imus era. The lobbying group Focus on the Family said it was preparing to contact advertisers on "The View" as part of a campaign against O'Donnell. The group is angry at O'Donnell for comments they feel were insulting to Catholics.

    Despite controversy -- or maybe because of it -- O'Donnell was good business for ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co. Ratings for "The View" during February sweeps were up 15 percent in key women demographics over the same time in 2006.
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    As I posted on the anything-goes board thread about this story, it also is sad that AP felt this story merited a news alert.
  3. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    I agree, there are a lot more stories that deserve alert status or front page status than this. This is really old, and stale news. For months, everyone knew her days were numbered on the View. I am disappointed with CNN.
  4. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    I agree, they should have been concentrating more resources on Anna Nicole's baby.
  5. I understand CNN's decision. Rosie has immersed herself into the great war debate and it's obvious this is related to her comments.

    If she were just stepping down to take time with the kids, it wouldn't be as big a deal.
  6. the first one-liner I've ever read on this message board that's actually been funny
  7. SheaSeals

    SheaSeals Member

    it really makes me angry. just infuriating
  8. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    Holy revived threads, Batman!
  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    Ummm... am I missing something here?
  10. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Add me to the "confused" column.
  11. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    In line right behind you ...
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Let me guess ... Weiner sent a pic of himself to Rosie O'Donnell, now?
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