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The View is losing its best asset, as rumors that Rosie O’Donnell is leaving the show are true. O’Donnell and ABC couldn’t come to terms on a new contract, so she’ll leave in mid-June.
Said Rosie: “This has been an amazing experience, and one I wouldn’t have traded for the world. Working with Barbara, Joy and Elisabeth has been one of the highlights of my career, but my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me. To all the viewers out there, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year. But you can always find me at rosie.com. Here’s hoping there’s more confetti for all of us going forward.”
Barbara Walters, creator and co-executive producer, released a statement as well: “I induced Rosie to come back to television on ‘The View’ even for just one year. She has given the program new vigor, new excitement and wonderful hours of television. I can only be grateful to her for this year. I am very sad that ABC Daytime could not reach an agreement with her for a second year. We will all miss Rosie on ‘The View,’ and hope she will be back with us often next season. She remains for me a cherished friend and colleague.”
And now, a few of Rosie O’Donnell’s more memorable (and controversial) moments on The View:
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