Rosie O’Donnell Leaving ‘The View’

Rosie O’Donnell is leaving “The View,” TMZ reports.

quote-pic Rosie O'Donnell Leaving 'The View' Photo There is a strong buzz in Hollywood that Rosie O’Donnell will announce Wednesday (April 25th) that she is leaving “The View.”

If it happens, it’s likely Rosie will stick it out through the end of the season.

TMZ has spoken with multiple industry people who say the word is spreading and the info emanated from inside the show itself.

Lorie Byrd wonders “whether ABC and/or Walters wanted her to leave or if she felt too constrained and did not want to be in an atmosphere where she felt she was not free to speak her mind.” AllahPundit laments the loss of 75 percent of his blogging material.

Since I’ve watched maybe 15 minutes of the program collectively over the years, and that only through happenstance, it doesn’t matter much to me one way or the other. Still, I’m baffled by O’Donnell’s transformation from a benign comic actress to a rather vile, screeching commentator. A little less of that won’t be a great loss.

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  1. Rosie O. to leave The View? (UPDATE II: ABC CONFIRMS)…

    The online tabloid website TMZ has the scoop:
    There is a strong buzz in Hollywood that Rosie O’Donnell will announce Wednesday (April 25th) that she is leaving “The View.”
    If it happens, it’s likely Rosie will stick it out throu…

  2. Tlaloc says:

    There is a strong buzz in Hollywood that Rosie O’Donnell will announce Wednesday (April 25th) that she is leaving “The View.”

    But… if what you say is true… I still don’t care.

  3. Roger says:

    “Still, I’m baffled by O’Donnell’s transformation from a benign comic actress to a rather vile, screeching commentator.”

    I think it started with her argument with Tom Selleck about gun control. Might have been earlier. Eitiher way, she probably soon saw it as a means of getting attention.

    “A little less of that won’t be a great loss.”

    Amen!

    Waiting to see who she blames for her departure. Baba WaWa (Gilda Radner is sorely missed) said nice things about her now, we’ll see how she reacts when Rosie goes looking for more attention.

  4. Maybe the producers of the show adopted Sheryl Crow’s TP recommendations and that was the last straw for Ms. O’Donnell. Either that or the unrecoverable embarrassment of realizing how inane her commentary has become.

  5. Bithead says:

    Still, I’m baffled by O’Donnell’s transformation from a benign comic actress to a rather vile, screeching commentator.

    Parallel: Sullivan.

  6. […] Joyner comments, the other day: Since I’ve watched maybe 15 minutes of the program collectively over the years, and that only through happenstance, it doesn’t matter much to me one way or the other. Still, I’m baffled by O’Donnell’s transformation from a benign comic actress to a rather vile, screeching commentator. A little less of that won’t be a great loss. […]