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Marianne Paskowski

MSNBC Chats Up Rosie

November 6, 2007 1:51 PM

Oh great. It might be time to turn down the volume in primetime on your TV set if what I read plays out. Today’s New York Times reports that NBC executives have acknowledged they’re in talks with Rosie O’Donnell to host a show in primetime on MSNBC.

One scenario has her occupying the 9 p.m. (ET) slot where she would be competing with CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

Good luck.

That same article quoted an NBC executive who admitted that “Tucker” an MSNBC show with Tucker Carlton that airs at 6 p.m., is in “real danger of being canceled.”

Whether that shuffling of the MSNBC prime-time deck ever happens is another story. Remember, Rosie only lasted nine months on ABC’s “The View,” often usurping the spotlight.

Frankly this blogger doesn’t think Rosie is ready for primetime at all.

Do you think she’s really in the same league as the other MSNBC hosts, Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Dan Abrams, Tucker Carlson, or Joe Scarborough?


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I was surprised that so many publications are covering this development from the angle that MSNBC is moving left to counter the right wing tilt of Fox News. But Rosie O'Donnell isn't a liberal. She's an inflammatory crackpot who's idea of research is a 30 second Google search.

Even before The View, her behind-the-scenes tantrums and mistreatment of staff at both her syndicated talk show and her short-lived magazine made you wonder about Barbara Walters' sanity for hiring her in the first place.

Aesthetically, an hour of unadulterated Rosie is going to play like an air raid siren -- shrill opinion without the benefit of balance by Walters, Behar and Hasselback. As if THAT was a Mensa meeting.

Marianne Paskowski:


I read all the stuff about MSNBC leaning toward the left. Surprised? Not at all.

But whether Rosie is left or right does not matter. She just isn't qualified for this gig. Rosie is just a highly opinionated person who I and apparently others find a major turnoff.That could hurt MSNBC, with lead in and lead out programs.

BTW, Chris Matthews is also getting on my nerves. Used to love him, but he's more shrill than ever, and like Rosie, doesn't seem to listen.

Thanks for the post,



I agree with Arthur. Rosie is an ignorant, marginally talented, bully that would be more at home on the Wrestling Channel except she isn't interested in opponents with the ability to fight back. My guess is that the people that would watch her are the same ones that watch Jerry Springer and NASCAR. Of course, these are the same people that have given us George W. Bush and an Iraq body count so they are not to be ignored. Ratings are ratings and a buck is a buck so let's not be surprised if MSNBC does what it thinks will increase their share of both. Me? I think I'll go back to my reading.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Shady,

Thanks for the post, Rosie is not a done deal yet.


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