Rosie Falls from View
Wed, 25 Apr 2007 08:10:01 AM PDT
After one season, four public feuds, a few hundred thousand viewers and countless headlines, Rosie O’Donnell is calling it a day on daytime.The larger-than-life View cohost announced on Wednesday morning’s show that her first season as moderator of the femme-fueled coffee klatsch would also be her last, with her tenure scheduled to end in mid June.“This has been an amazing experience and one I wouldn’t have traded for the world,” O’Donnell said. “Working with Barbara, Joy and Elisabeth has been one of the highlights of my careers, but my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me.”
However, O’Donnell won’t be gone for good. She announced that she will be back again next year as a frequent guest cohost and will also produce a series of one-hour specials for the morning show, much like they did earlier this year on depression and autism.
“I will be coming back,” she said. “I’ve loved it here, and I love you guys, and I’m still going to be hereâ€”just not every day.”
ABC confirmed the departure was not due to O’Donnell’s high-profile wars of words with the likes of Donald Trump, Kelly Ripa, Bill O’Reilly and the Chinese-American population but rather to the network and O’Donnell’s inability to come to an agreement on a one-year contract extension.