No need to roll your eyes. Aside from Britney, Paris, and Lindsay, few tabloid regulars exhausted the publicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s patience quite like OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell. From the never-ending feudsÃ¢â‚¬â€with Trump, Ripa, OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ReillyÃ¢â‚¬â€to the now-infamous split-screen showdown with View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the South Nyack resident became a better fight-maker than Don King in 2007. Even after she quit the daytime gabfest (three weeks before her contract was up), Rosie continued churning up controversy in her wake, even going so far as to suggest in her new memoir, Celebrity Detox, that Barbara Walters should retire. But putting aside all the bilious rhetoric for a sec, one thing separates the former Queen of Nice from the aforementioned tabloid bimbos: OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢DonnellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s public showdowns all stemmed from a passionate defense of her liberal views (on Bush, the Iraq war, gay rights, etc.)Ã¢â‚¬â€and not from, say, a lack of panties or repeat DUIs. Her tirades might have been over the top, but her political courage does make her a role model of sorts. That said, if she ever takes your parking spot at the Palisades Center, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even think of starting a shouting matchÃ¢â‚¬â€sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way out of your league.
Prediction for 2008: She may have lost The Price is Right hosting gig to Drew Carey, but we predict a return to network TV, as the co-host of the newest British import, Boiling Point.
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? Rockland Magazine, December 2007
(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)