The View

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Pointless View: Babs Insists Rosie Wasn't Canned

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters by Yolanda Perez/ABC

On yesterday's episode of The View, Barbara Walters said that the ratings-grabbing gabber had not been fired and that she was welcome back any time. The split screen that so peeved O'D, Walters added, was a device that the show had used before (though, I would have noted, never to such hysterical effect). For her part, Hasselbeck, obviously thrilled to again be able to prattle on without anyone to stop her, contradicted what O'Donnell said in her blog — that they had exchanged a brief e-mail after the dustup, and that would probably be the last time they spoke. "This weekend we were in communication a lot," the Survivor alum said. It "gave us the opportunity to tackle our most important hot topic yet, and that is the power of forgiveness. And I believe we've started that process that will enable us to move in a very positive way, so I am very happy about that." Rosie, honey, lemme say it for ya: What. Ever.Today's News was written by Ben Katner. read more

With Elisabeth Out of O'Donnell's Life, Everything's Coming Up Rosie

In a video blog posted on her website, Rosie O'Donnell says that she tried as hard as anyone could've to be friends with her View cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but the dyed-in-the-wool Bushie just wasn't havin' it. "I haven't spoken to her [since I left the show], and I probably won't, and I think it's just as well," the daytime legend suggests. "I wrote her an e-mail, and she wrote me back, and there you have it." The out-and-proud lesbian adds, "I was really just like a foster kid for a year. I came [to the show], you know, we considered adoption, but I didn't really fit into the family, and now it's time for the foster kid to go back home." She also confesses that her chief writer, Janette Barber, was the one who drew a mustache on a photo of her nemesis at the studio before they called it quits. "It was a joke on the way out," she says. read more

The NBC Shuffle

Ben Silverman, Kevin Reilly courtesy NBC

No such thing as a lull in the TV business, both on and off screen, not even in the once-sleepy period between the end of the traditional season and the start of June. Forget about all the off-season shows premiering this week (you probably will eventually, anyway), a rather staggering glut, but fans won’t want to forget that House and Boston Legal have their season finales tonight (delayed a week to make room for reality TV). Beyond what’s on TV, it’s been a crazy couple of days for the business itself.On Friday, it was made official that Rosie O’Donnell was off The View for good, a few weeks ahead of schedule. Not such a big surprise after her confrontational meltdown with Elisabeth Hasselbeck a few days earlier, the latest chapter in The Boor vs. The Blonde. Looks to me like Rosie was just looking for any excuse to make an early exit. The fact that she did not bow out with grace is hardly a shock. But what will it take to get her nitwit nemesis off the show? R... read more

Without a View: Rosie's Officially Done with the Show

Rosie O'Donnell by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Or is it the other way around? ABC Daytime on Friday afternoon announced that Rosie O'Donnell has led "Hot Topics" for the very last time. In a statement today, ABC president Brian Frons says, "We had hoped that Rosie would be with us until the end of her contract three weeks from now, but Rosie has informed us that she would like an early leave. Therefore, we part ways, thank her for her tremendous contribution to The View, and wish her well." In her own statement, O'Donnell says, "I'm extremely grateful. It's been an amazing year and I love all three women." But not in that way.POLL: With Rosie gone, are you more or less inclined to tune into The View? Vote here. read more

View's "Poor Little Elisabeth" Rips Rosie, Later Says, "I Am Fine"

Joy Behar had no idea what she was jump-starting. By reciting a (literal) list of the Bush administration's assorted black eyes — Abu Ghraib, "Brownie," Rummy, My Pet Goat and "nucular" included — The View's resident comedienne ignited a war of words on Wednesday's show between e-mail pals Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (Video now up at YouTube.) It became clear that the shouting match was actually rooted in Liz's failure to succinctly denounce a recent allegation by right-wing pundits that Ro typified the U.S. troops in Iraq as "terrorists." While not even the most detailed transcript would clarify what transpired, the exchange had Rosie at first fending off a squabble, saying the media (hi, there!) would spin it as, "Big, fat, lesbian, loud Rosie attacks innocent, pure, Christian Elisabeth." Soon enough, though, Ro would slam her fair-haired foe as a "double-speaker," and then the claws came out. Speaking to the issue truly at hand, Liz told Rosie to "defend y... read more

View's Elisabeth Reflects on an "Exhilarating" Year

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, The View

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the youngest cohost of ABC's The View, opens up to TV Guide about her pregnancy, fighting for the Right, and the future of the talker minus Rosie. TV Guide: Congratulations on your pregnancy! Did you plan it so you could deliver during November sweeps?Elisabeth Hasselbeck: No. If I could have planned it, I would already have a 1-year-old right now! [She and her husband, New York Giants quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have a 2-year-old daughter, Grace.] TV Guide: How would you describe this past year on The View with Star Jones Reynolds' acrimonious departure and Ros read more

Roseanne: "I'm Probably Not Right" for The View

"Sometimes I think they're just saying it because we're both named Rosie and fat." That's one of Roseanne Barr's comments to E!'s The Daily 10, with regards to rumors that she might fill the seat-cushion divot left behind when Rosie O'Donnell exits The View. Though Rosie O has told Rosie B it's unlikely Babs will come a-calling — "They want someone they can control," Barr says Rosie told her — Roseanne is open to the prospect, if only to offer the POV of someone "who actually works for a living" and "talk about things that real women want to talk about."For that very reason, however, Barr is bearish on her chances. "I mean, I think the public schools should be talked about every single day. And health care, and jobs. Plus, I don't give a damn about celebrities. So I'm probably not right for that show." read more

Will Whoopi Join The View?

Bye bye Rosie, hello Whoopi! TV Guide has learned from a source close to The View that Whoopi Goldberg is at the top of the wish list to fill one of the two empty seats on the chat show's depleted couch.The departing Rosie O'Donnell says she loves the Whoopster, as do current co-hosts Elisabeth "I hope I stay forever" Hasselbeck and Joy Behar. Whoopi would fit the bill quite nicely: She's outspoken, funny, a woman of color, and already lives in New York — and scored high on TV Guide.com’s recent poll of possible Rosie replacements. No word yet, though, on how her asking price compares to Rosie's $10 million. (Whoopi's rep had no comment.) Also on the chatfest’s dream team is Ricki Lake, but sources close to the actress/talk show host says she likes living in Los Angeles and has other projects in mind. — Reporting by Ileane Rudolph read more

Court TV Castoff to "Grace" The View?

ABC's The View: it's not just a talk show, but a veritable magnet for headline makers. No sooner had Nancy Grace announced (to her Court TV bosses' surprise, it is said) that she would be leaving the cabler to focus on her CNN Headline News program, the New York Daily News hears that the brassy blonde is angling to fill Rosie's seat on The View. My only question: how is it that Paris' name has yet to enter the mix? read more

Hasselbeck's Rosy View

Barbara Walters, Rosie O'Donnell, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck by Heidi Gutman/ABC

A repentant Rosie O'Donnell recently pledged not to spat with her View colleague Elisabeth Hasselbeck now that she's pregnant, but the vociferous liberal needn't play nice on her Republican co-host's account. Hasselbeck tells TV Guide she's been "bombarding" O'Donnell with e-mails, "trying to convince her to change her mind" about leaving the chatfest in June. Facing the inevitable, the George W. Bush supporter says she wants "someone as strong as Rosie has been to replace her." How about an O'Donnell favorite: the equally opinionated Whoopi Goldberg? "I love Whoopi," Hasselbeck agrees. And while she thinks "it would be a better balanced show to have a woman of color," Hasselbeck hasn't committed to any candidate yet. —By Ileane Rudolph read more

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