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Rosie Gone, Barbara Walters Now Free to Discuss Heterosexual Sex


Barbara Walters talked to Ryan Seacrest on his KISS-FM radio show "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" Wednesday, about how things had changed at The View since Rosie O'Donnell's departure:

"The Hot Topics have been fun. There are some things that we were able to discuss that we weren't able to discuss with Rosie, like heterosexual sex. Because, you know, Rosie's lifestyle is different, being an open lesbian...We are perhaps not quite as political [or] vocal about [things], but the Hot Topics have been very fun, and the ratings are up, so we're quite happy. Obviously, the audience is very loyal."

Rosie's response: "She is almost 80."

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  1. "I'm Barbara Walters and I used to be a respected journalist."

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2007 1:02:51 PM

  2. I think what Andy posted is misleading. When I went to the link and read Rosie's whole response, I got quite a different impression:
    "she is a living legend
    she deserves respect for that
    she is almost 80
    she is rather amazing"

    I hate it when the right-wing selective uses information to paint a false picture of an issue. I'm disappointed that it was done here.

    Posted by: scioto | Jun 15, 2007 1:05:52 PM

  3. "I'm Barbara Walters and I used to be a respected journalist."

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2007 1:12:47 PM

  4. AJ, with SCIOTO's revelation as to what Rosie ACTUALLY said, do you still think that she was being "shrill"?

    ANOTHER example of "blame the dirty faggot first". How many examples can we possibly see here at Towleroad in two days?

    Who needs straight homophobes when we have so many homo homophobes?

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 15, 2007 1:18:37 PM

  5. Oh My God. I haven't ever gone on Rosie's site before. I don't know how she does it. These people writing on and pleading "validate me--please validate me." It's kind scary and sad and kind of funny all at once. Kind of like that Mel Tillis Susan Anton variety show from back in the 80s.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2007 1:30:54 PM

  6. re: What Rosie actually said. Scioto is right in that she said:

    "she is a living legend
    she deserves respect for that
    she is almost 80
    she is rather amazing"

    She said that today in her most recent answering session. That answer was in response to somebody asking her about originally just saying this:

    "my response is
    she is almost 80"

    That was posted on Thursday morning at around 3 am.

    So, Andy posted her original answer. It has since been amended to include more.

    Posted by: kitkats99 | Jun 15, 2007 2:05:11 PM

  7. While we're at it though, how come more good Rosie news isnt posted at this site? If you're going cover her, cover the good things as well.

    From Rosie's Webpage:

    Rosies Broadway Kids Gets A New Home

    In the summer of 2007, Rosie’s Broadway Kids will enter our first home in a newly renovated building on 45th St., just a few blocks away from the theater district. This spacious four-story building will include two dance studios, a music studio, a study café, locker rooms, administrative offices, and other amenities. The building will serve as the home base for ACTE II students, who will use it throughout the school year for classes and during the yearly Summer Intensive. Our new space will also give hundreds of students at a nearby school the opportunity to finally stretch their legs and minds in our new physical education project, Spotlight on Fitness, being developed in conjunction with the Board of Education guidelines. The school doesn’t have appropriate facilities of its own for Phys Ed classes and we’re excited to finally give them the opportunity to move freely.

    Rosie’s Broadway Kids is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through arts education. Our professional teaching artists devote themselves to providing instruction in dance, music, and drama, and offer a professional theater experience for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

    Posted by: kitkats99 | Jun 15, 2007 2:08:01 PM

  8. Just to further clarify, I believe Andy was referring to this earlier posting on Rosie's "Ask Ro" section:

    [tj writes:] BW to Ryan Seacrest: “There are things we’ve been able to discuss that we weren’t able to discuss with Rosie, like heterosexual sex.” PLEASE respond to this.

    [and Rosie writes:] my response is
    she is almost 80

    Posted by: RJ | Jun 15, 2007 2:18:36 PM

  9. "It has since been amended to include more." - kitkats99 | Jun 15 2:05PM

    Thanks for the clarification. I'm still not comfortable with reading too much into 4 words from an online chat. Sound bite journalism is in a great way responsible for giving us the regime we've been suffering under for the last 6 years.

    Posted by: scioto | Jun 15, 2007 2:23:48 PM

  10. I agree, nothing Rosie "blogs" should be used against her. She writes these things at 2 am half the time, going through thousands of questions every day. However it was said, I dont think it was said maliciously. I know Rosie has said things in the past about how BW is getting up there in age and sometimes the things she says dont exactly make sense, but I think its in more of a joking way than serious. Rosie has mucho respect for that woman and I dont think that will change.

    Posted by: kitkats99 | Jun 15, 2007 2:40:54 PM

  11. Walters comments strike me as a bit homo-fearful if not down right HOMOPHOBIC when Barbra Washout says:
    we weren't able to discuss with Rosie, like heterosexual sex.

    HELLO Like only straights can have a "view" on heterosex???
    Then she really digs herself into a pit with:

    "Because, you know, Rosie's LIFESTYLE (???) is different, being an open lesbian..."

    Time to write ABC and get BW to retire her elitist "lifestyle"

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jun 15, 2007 3:41:44 PM

  12. Rosie might have respect for Barbara but Barbara doesn't have respect for her. She has treated her like dirt. I watched everyday Rosie was on and that was clear. Whenever Rosie wanted to hug Barbara, she would move away and give a disgusted look. Barbara couldn't stand when Rosie talked about her friendship with celebrities. It was clear to me last November that The View didn't want Rosie. Barbara said they would fill in Star's seat when Rosie got comfortable by November it was already three months. That was also the time when Barbara snapped at Rosie for talking about her friendship with Wyonna Judd. After that they tried to restrict what Rosie could say.

    This whole experience proved something besides the media's bias against gay people that speak openly, it showed that Barbara got to where she is today by hanging around. After Rosie left they all but dropped the political discussions on the show. Which was a concession to straight men that want to keep women in their place. Barbara's willingness to drop the political discussions proved that she only managed to stay around in the news industry by not confronting straight men and their bias.

    Posted by: Jack! | Jun 15, 2007 3:43:15 PM

  13. Bawa is a lying biatch.

    MCNNYC is right, they did talk about hetero sex when Rosie was there. In fact, Rosie tried to engage Bawa about her love life several times but Bawa always blew her off (like she did ANY time someone brought up anything that could lead to sex talk). And on one of the shows toward the end, they each even discussed "talking" in bed. TMI, I know, but it still proves that Bawa is just a back-stabbing liar.

    Posted by: SC | Jun 15, 2007 4:31:17 PM

  14. Barbara who? View what?

    What a waste, but if it is what it took to get Rosie a new deal and back on TV, I'm all for it.

    ...and she will be.

    Posted by: Rob (lrdarystar) | Jun 15, 2007 5:58:28 PM

  15. Just remember that it was not so long ago that almost this entire message board was attacking Rosie as being an insane fat lesbian after she went after Kelly Ripa.

    Posted by: jmg | Jun 15, 2007 8:10:26 PM

  16. I dont know about the ratings..I hardly watch it..the Hot Topics arent so Hot!and its almost as if Elisabeth is being brought to the forefront to prove she won the fight..Barbara really looks good under those lights but when interviewed outside or without lighting adjustment and she really looks bad...wonder how you keep a level head sheing yourself on TV then looking in the mirror or seeing yourself without all the new fangled screening they do to make you look better on TV..

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 15, 2007 9:03:05 PM

  17. JMG, most of those comments were coming from straight men, trust me. Straight men can't stand a lesbian let alone one that doesn't need a man and speaks for herself.

    I've been to every article and message board about Rosie over the past year. I know the makeup of those that hate her. I know their reasons. Don't forget her popularity rating (28% -35%) has stayed basically the same for years. When you cut through all people's bs the main reason people hate her is because she is a lesbian that is outspoken.

    Posted by: Jack! | Jun 15, 2007 11:41:56 PM

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