How much did Rosie want to re-up with “The View”?

posted at 10:20 am on April 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

Drudge had a link up earlier to Fox News claiming that it was a hefty $10 mil. Preposterous.

It was a lot more than that.

Amidst boycott threats against Disney and ABC for comments she made about Sept. 11, O’Donnell was said to be weighing offers from bidders, including CBS Television Distribution, to do another show of her own. Executives familiar with the matter put her annual asking price to re-up at The View at $40 million a year – $5 million more than Dr. Phil’s estimated pay.

Worth her weight in gold. Well … no, not that much.

Serious exit question: Who’s the world’s highest paid Truther? It’s not Mark Cuban — he insists that he doesn’t believe “Loose Change,” even though he’s, er, paying to distribute it. As far as I know, George Soros doesn’t question the official version of 9/11 either. Is it simply a contest between Unstable Mabel and Charlie Sheen, or am I omitting someone?


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John Kerry.

amerpundit on April 26, 2007 at 10:22 AM

Not unless you think Teresa’s paying him.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 26, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Well, if you follow the same 9/11 logic as some of those truther’s use (You REALLY don’t have to stretch this one as well), I’d bat to say Barbara Streisand.

I know that James Brolin (Barbara’s husband) came out as a Truther on the view. I assume that they talk and that she also believes it as well.

Barbara…The “top dog” truther?

HarryStar on April 26, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Even if she isn’t, he became a Senator in 1985, 22 years ago. That’s an awfully long time of collecting a Senator’s salary, and I’m sure accepting bribes. Plus, add up the profits from his books, and his family inheritance. He used to spend time out at the Forbes’ family estate, and his family was upper-middle class, as a child.

Add in the fact that he was a lawyer for several years, he attended Yale, and served as Lieutenant Governor of Mass. He’s still got a lot of money.

amerpundit on April 26, 2007 at 10:41 AM

actually that would mean she WAS worth her weight in gold

Rosie = 300lbs x $673.00 per ounce 3,230,400.00

Kaptain Amerika on April 26, 2007 at 10:50 AM

John Kerry.
amerpundit on April 26, 2007 at 10:22 AM

Wait, did I miss something? As he taken the ultimate leap?

And Allah, dear Allah, you’re going to post Rosie as much as you can before the curtain falls, aren’t you?

SouthernDem on April 26, 2007 at 10:51 AM

Wait, did I miss something? As he taken the ultimate leap?

No, but he did have a Truthiness moment, the other day.

amerpundit on April 26, 2007 at 10:57 AM

How wealthy is Dennis Kucinich?

Hoodlumman on April 26, 2007 at 11:03 AM

I think Keith Olbermann is a closet “truther”. I can recall KO leaving the door open that Bush & Cheney was behind it.

I also think we need to find a nice isolated island to put all the nuts like Rosie, KO, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Al Franken, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Cindy Sheehan, Susan Sarandon, Chris Matthews, Bill Moyers, George Clooney, Joy Behar, Howard Dean, Bill Maher, Janeane Garofalo, William M. Arkin and the list goes on and on…

…We could call it Cuckoo-Monga and let them all duke it out for who is the biggest nut of them all! They could run elections in their little kingdom and have debates over how much they could tax each other and declare themselves a military (and nuclear) free country and we could count the days before someone invades them like Kim Jung-Il or a terrorist blows them up.

I think if they ran a presidential campaign there it would be neck and neck race between Rosie and Olbermann because those two are the loudest, craziest and most obnoxious out there as of today.

Planet Boulder on April 26, 2007 at 11:05 AM

How wealthy is Dennis Kucinich?

Hoodlumman on April 26, 2007 at 11:03 AM

When he left as Mayor of Cleveland, he took all the money with him.

Glynn on April 26, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Wait, isn’t Rosie a liberal, anti-capitalist, anti-wealthy socialist? That must have been her eviler twin sister that was asking for $40 mil a year.

Mallard T. Drake on April 26, 2007 at 11:58 AM

No, but he did have a Truthiness moment, the other day.

amerpundit on April 26, 2007 at 10:57 AM

It is -very- hard to answer the truthers when you are blind sided and not expecting it. I cannot imagine that kerry believes for a second in trutherism. The truthers come to these things, ask some obscure question and if someone famous doesn’t know the answer right away; its proof of their conspiracy. It’s a very old and sad tactic. These truther losers spend their life uncovering stupid little tidbits about nothing and throwing them around as evidence.

Kerry isn’t a truther, he’s just a politician.

lorien1973 on April 26, 2007 at 12:12 PM

Sheen will say anything if you have big enough boobies in his face. Or a bottle of Jack.

unamused on April 26, 2007 at 12:15 PM

I have no doubt that Rosie asked for lots of money. Anybody can ask their employer for anything they want, even for the moon itself. But that doesn’t mean that they will get it.

Frankly, I don’t believe that the reason was money differences at all. The sponsors were facing a customer rebellion. The threatened boycott of them for sponsoring The View was taken seriously.

Every advertiser does the same cost/benefit calculation: Will the sales generated increase enough to offset or exceed the cost of the ad? No advertiser wants to alienate a customer in any way, if they can help it, because that affects the bottom line. And Rosie’s behavior was eggregeous enough to get mentioned on a number of news and talk shows, as well as the blogosphere. Rosie offended a lot of people with her opinions, far more than nodded in aggreement.

The sponsors knew it too.

I have seen boycotts of sponsors work. I have participated in them by writing advertisers and I have received letters from them that not only acknowledged my complaint, but a promise to withdraw sponsorship.

Further, Rosie has a history of offending people to the detriment of a corporation’s bottom line.

Rosie used to be the corporate spokesperson for KMart a few years ago. One day, on her talk show, Tom Selleck was a guest doing a promo for one of his movies. Rosie bitterly assaulted him over his appearance in NRA magazine ads (“I’m the NRA!”). Rosie also said that gun owners are criminals who should be in prison.

This started a spontaneous boycott by gun owners against KMart who not only defended Rosie’s stance on gun control, but communicated their support by ceasing to sell guns and ammunition in their stores. The news of this boycott was spread through the news groups (talk.politics.guns) and gun-rights email lists. The NRA was taken completely by surprise, BTW.

There were 80 million American gun owners when Rosie popped off at Selleck. It took only a few days for the boycott start up. It took 9 months before KMart dropped Rosie, but it was too late. KMart had lost so many customers that they filed for reorganization.

Do not think for a moment that the sponsors of The View are unaware of how an association with Rosie, who offends people, can affect their corporate bottom line.

Saying that this was about money is “cover” for the real reason: Rosie’s behavior and her offending comments.

ABC dumped her, pure and simple.

georgej on April 26, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Now that ABC has “dumped” her, they’d better wipe with more than one piece of toilet paper

omnipotent on April 26, 2007 at 1:06 PM

Nonsense. Rosie’s high Q means that she’ll be able to put together her own show that she’ll own and that will make her a very wealthy woman. Advertisers will pay for ratings and there is enough breadth to those who want to advertise on television that Rosie will have no shortage of suitors for advertising time.

thegreatbeast on April 26, 2007 at 1:25 PM

Losing Rosie was a serious blow … for Republicans.

I really don’t think most moderates and centrists (in either party) and Independents are really aware of what the liberal left says and does and believes.

Despite what we may think, only the tiniest fraction of the electorate reads blogs. 99% of Americans have never heard of Daily Kos.

Rosie was the first person out there, in an extremely high visibility daily network program, saying what we all know liberals think. Sure, they’ve got their one shot loons – and Cindy Sheehan.

But Rosie was daily. With a vast audience. And as loony as the looniest of the loons.

I really think that, before Rosie, if you told people that millions of moonbats think President Bush is Hitler – that we live in a fascist state – that America was behind 9/11 … they’d think YOU were crazy. That YOU were the moonbat.

Rosie showed the world the real truth. For that, she was invaluable.

Professor Blather on April 26, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Thegreatbeast wrote: “Rosie’s high Q means that she’ll be able to put together her own show that she’ll own and that will make her a very wealthy woman. ”

I have no doubt that she’ll find a place on cable like Maher did after ABC cancelled him, too. Compared to schmoes like me, she’s already a wealthy woman.

But what ever she show she gets, it won’t be as prestigious as The View. It’ll have viewership in the thousands, not the millions.

The professor says: “I really don’t think most moderates and centrists (in either party) and Independents are really aware of what the liberal left says and does and believes.”

You could be right. On the other hand, most working people aren’t watching The View, anyway, unless they have TIVO and are “religious” about it.

georgej on April 26, 2007 at 4:22 PM

she needs all that $$$
2 open a factory
that makes
rosie-shaped snack cakes
golden spongy outside
creamy filling inside
“truthies”

Jim Treacher on April 26, 2007 at 5:03 PM

Wants to be paid more than Dr Phil? Who does she think she is? hmmmm so it was Oprah who fired her. It’s all becoming clear now.

- The Cat

P.S. Jim Treacher, that Ro-Ku gave me too many bannable jokes.

MirCat on April 26, 2007 at 9:19 PM

I’m just so glad she was pushed out…even if she wants people to believe she *wouldn’t come to terms with their 3 yr contract*.

Nice try rosie, but trump is right about you, you ruin everything you touch…your history shows this. Your audience didn’t cry too hard for you either when you announced your departure. Must have hurt.

Highrise on April 27, 2007 at 2:29 AM

Where’s Ed Ames when you need him?

driller on April 27, 2007 at 10:36 AM