Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fwd: After blogging on 9/11 and talking about impeachment, Rosie to leave the 'View'

(http://rawstory.com/)
After blogging on 9/11 and talking about impeachment, ABC announces
can't
reach agreement for Rosie to stay on 'View'
04/25/2007 @ 9:12 am
Filed by RAW STORY

(Update: Rosie insists she wasn't fired; Trump takes credit)
"ABC daytime has announced it was unable to come to a contractual
agreement
with 'The View' co-host Rosie O'Donnell," ABC News reports
today. "As a
result, her duties on the show will come to an end mid-June."
"Breaking news! I've decided we couldn't come to terms with my deal,
so next
year I'm not going to be on The View," O'Donnell said at the start
of
Wednesday's show.
_TMZ reports_
(http://www.tmz.com/2007/04/25/rosie-makes-it-official-shes-
leaving/) , "Rosie explained that she wanted a one-year deal, while
ABC wanted
three years. She insisted that she wasn't fired by ABC or Barbara
Walters --
'They're not kicking me out!' she said."
O'Donnell has been perhaps the most outspoken liberal on the show.
Of late,
she has often discussed the impeachment of President George W. Bush.
Speaking
about the US attorney scandal, she said, "It's Watergate
exponentially
increased, because Watergate was Nixon and a bunch of guys who broke
into his
competitor's building to see what their plans were."
"...That's mob tactics," she added. "That's Tony Soprano. We're
going to
lean on people. That's what the president's doing. That's scary."
O'Donnell also recently said on _her blog_
(http://www.rosie.com/blog/2007/04/02/2-whole-paragraphs-2/) she was
conducting her own investigation into the
events of Sept. 11, 2001.
"The falling of the twin towers served to remind me that many of the
assumptions Americans have about their lives are rooted in false
feelings of
security," O'Donnell wrote. "In light of this reminder, I have begun
doing exactly
what this country, at its best, allows for me to do: inquire.
Investigate.
America is great in so many ways, one of which is the freedom to
speak, and
indeed think, freely. I have, of late, begun exercising the rights
bestowed upon
me by the democratic system I value, and the exercising of these
rights has
taken the form of an inquiry into what happened five years ago, an
inquiry
that resists the dominant explanations and that dares to entertain
ideas that
push me to the edge of what is bearable. I have come to no
conclusions and,
given the scope of the subject, will not for some time."
"If the very act of asking is so destabilizing for people, than I
have to
wonder whether the fabric of our democracy is indeed so raveled it
is beyond
salvage," she added. "My own belief is that the act of asking is
itself
reparative, because it brings to life the values on which our
constitution rests. I
am, therefore, pledging my allegiance, hand over heart, trying, as
always,
for a rigorous truth."
ABC made no mention of impeachment or 9/11 talk in their article
announcing
her departure.
On Fox News Channel, O'Donnell 'nemesis' Donald _Trump called in_
(http://www.tmz.com/2007/04/25/trump-i-screwed-rosie/) to take
credit for getting her
"fired."
"Rosie's a loser, she continues to be a loser, and she was fired by
ABC, and
I'm proud to say that I probably had a part in it," Trump said.
Excerpts from ABC article:
____________________________________

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 has been the recent subject of headlines for her ongoing
feud with
Donald Trump, and media speculation over her departure from "The
View."
The real estate mogul and O'Donnell tussled after O'Donnell called
him "a
snake oil salesman," after he announced he would not fire scandal-
plagued Miss
USA Tara Conner. Trump threatened to sue O'Donnell, but later backed
down.
_FULL STORY HERE_ (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/print?
id=3077493) .

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