Let us all have a moment of silence.
OK, now what the hell happened?
Rosie O’Donnell wasn’t supposed to exit “The View” until June 20, her one-year anniversary. And indeed, even on last Wednesday’s show, in which the South Nyack resident got into her now-infamous war of words with Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the Iraq war, she was still talking about her three remaining weeks on the show.
O’Donnell even asked guest Elizabeth Mitchell, of “Lost,” how she pulls off her icy “Others” death stare — in part because she suggested it would come in handy while dealing with her conservative co-host in the coming days. But yesterday, ABC dropped another Rosie bombshell: Brian Frons, the president of the networkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daytime television group, said that O’Donnell would not be returning after Memorial Day weekend.
After Wednesday’s heated exchange between O’Donnell and Hasselbeck, she didn’t return on air for the rest of the week. Thursday’s show was preempted for a White House news conference with the President, and Friday’s show was pretaped. Barbara Walters had issued a statement late in the week saying that O’Donnell had asked for time off to celebrate her partner’s birthday, and that all would be peaceful in the kingdom of “The View” next week. In retrospect, Walters comments now seem more like a verdict than obsequious optimism.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬? Mr. Frons explained. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Therefore we part ways, thank her for her tremendous contribution to ‘The View’ and wish her well.Ã¢â‚¬?
In her own statement, also released through ABC, O’Donnell said, “I’m extremely grateful. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been an amazing year, and I love all three women.” And as hard as that may be to believe on the surface, in a video posted to her rblog yesterday, she recapped her tumultuous year at “The View” in a kind of scrapbook montage of clippings and photos. Titled “True Colors 2007,” the vid even including many of Hasselbeck right near the beginning (none of Trump that I could see, though). Cyndi Lauper’s “Sisters of Avalon” played in the background.
So folks, you know it’s true. If you’re hearing Cyndi Lauper-scored retrospectives, it’s over for good. A tear.
“Rosie fights last fight on ‘The View'” [LoHud]