Jerry Springer - a man who knows a thing or two about car-crash television - says that Wednesday's

verbal donnybrook between The View's Rosie and Elisabeth was no less than "compelling." "What I liked about it was that it was about something very substantive," he told on the red carpet for American Idol's finale. "It wasn't about hairstyles and all that stuff. It really was about something that's important. It was pretty electric." Springer - himself a replacement for Regis when America's Got Talent returns - thus fears The View may take a ratings hit once Rosie leaves. "We'll see who they get [to take O'Donnell's place]." - Additional reporting by Michael Maloney POLL: Last chance to "pick teams" before I forward the results to the magazine!