TMZ: Rosie to announce tomorrow that she’s leaving “The View;” Update: ABC confirms
posted at 11:49 pm on April 24, 2007 by Allahpundit
75% of my content, up in smoke. I’m a wreck.
Update: Life has no meaning anymore.
Rosie O’Donnell’s stormy tenure on “The View” will be a short one. ABC said Wednesday it was unable to agree on a contract with the opinionated host, and she’ll leave the show in June.
O’Donnell said in a statement that “my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me.”
Update: ABC is reporting it now, too. Via Matt Sheffield of Newsbusters:
The president of daytime programming for the Disney-ABC Television Group, Brian Frons, told ABCNEWS.com, “Going in we knew we would have an amazing year with her, and that anything beyond that would be gravy. But we were willing to take the chance because we understood what a coup it was to entice Ro back to daytime television. So here we are a year later, and while we’ve tried to come to terms on a deal that would extend her co-hosting duties on ‘The View,’ we find ourselves unable to agree on some key elements.”…
O’Donnell said: “This has been an amazing experience, and one I wouldn’t have traded for the world. Working with Barbara, Joy and Elisabeth has been one of the highlights of my career, but my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me. To all the viewers out there, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year. But you can always find me at rosie.com. Here’s hoping there’s more confetti for all of us going forward.”