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O’Donnell Won’t Return to ‘View’

May 25, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Rosie O’Donnell, whose on-air shouting matches have enlivened “The View” over the last year, has left the show, ahead of her expected June 20 departure.
Ms. O’Donnell decided to end her stint early following an intense dispute between her and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday’s episode. Disney-ABC Daytime Television Group President Brian Frons announced Ms. O’Donnell’s departure in a statement Friday.
“When painting there is a point u must step away from the canvas as the work is done,” Ms. O’Donnell wrote on her Web site Thursday.
The show’s creator and co-executive producer, Barbara Walters, thanked Ms. O’Donnell for her contributions to the program.
“I brought Rosie to the show. Rosie contributed to one of our most exciting and successful years at ‘The View.’ I am most appreciative,” she said, adding, “Our close and affectionate relationship will not change.”
Wednesday’s disagreement stemmed from a comment Ms. O’Donnell made last week about the Iraq war. She criticized Ms. Hasselbeck for not supporting her, and the discussion escalated. Both hosts became highly emotional and began personally attacking each other, creating an awkward setting for the audience and other hosts.
Ms. Walters dispelled rumors that the fight was staged to boost ratings.
“It’s a hot weekend, so everybody can cool off,” she said. “And for those who think, let us say, the interesting day was planned for ratings-that’s just absurd. The highest ratings we’ve had for ‘The View’ this whole year were in February, when there were no feuds.”
Ms. O’Donnell has not announced her future plans.
(Editor: Horowitz)

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