After 24 hours of intense speculation, Rosie O'Donnell confirmed her departure from The View in the first two minutes of today's show. She laughed that it was being considered "Breaking News" by CNN. "I've decided that we couldn't come to terms with my deal with ABC, so next year, I'm not going to be on The View. However, I will be coming back and guest-hosting. I will be doing one-hour specials on autism and depression and stuff that I'm interested in. I'm just not going to be doing the everyday thing because you know, they wanted me three years, I wanted one year... and it just didn't work, and that's showbiz.. I'm not going away, I'm just not going to be here everyday."
Barbara, of course, then had to give her two-cents and say how much she will miss Rosie. "I would like to make one thing perfectly clear: I did not participate in the negotiations for Rosie. It was ABC daytime," she said. "I'm going to read a lot of 'I did this, and I did that,' and it brings back a lot of other things I was accused of doing and didn't... this is not my doing or my choice" Haha, I love that she referenced the whole Star Jones drama of last season. Love Barbara.
It was Joy, however, who had the best joke during the announcement. "I tell you who will be really sad," she mused. "Donald Trump. He's on a ledge right now saying, 'How am I going to resuscitate The Apprentice now?" Classic.
Rosie definitely made the show more interesting this season. Are you sad to see her go? Will you still watch without her? Barbara mentioned they don't have a replacement for Rosie (who leaves in June), yet. Any suggestions?