Rosie O’Donnell leaving ‘The View’ early

I’m not a big fan of the ‘The View’, or as a friend of mine refers to it “Four Witches & a Cauldron”, but like many folks I’ve been curious about the hub-bub between Rosie O’Donnell and fellow host Elisabeth Hasselbeck that erupted on the Wednesday, May 23rd show. Apparently the two are known to spare over political differences (O’Donnell being fairly Liberal versus Hasselbeck’s more conservative viewpoints) but this particular discussion involving the Iraq war led to the two being ‘split screened’ in an impromptu point-counterpoint face-off. Feelings were hurt, yadda yadda yadda. You get the picture.

First off, let me just say this about Hasselbeck. Oh baby. She’s still just as hot as when her mousey little frame was paraded around on ‘Survivor’. But I digress.

My REAL point behind all of this is regarding Rosie. Love her, hate her – she is undeniably a powerhouse personality and her presence meant better ratings for The View. In addition to a well documented on-air feud with Donald Trump, among other things.

I’m sad to see her go despite the fact that I rarely, if ever, have agreed with her. I respect her ability to speak her mind and hold her ground – even if public (or producers) support might be lacking. The View will undoubtably return to the days of Star Jones’ blandness and I’ll no longer watch the occasional show recaps to see what level of craziness ensued.

Although if the producers DO want an increase in the male demographic, they should entertain re-enacting some ‘Survivor – Australia’ moments with Elisabeth. . . .

Just a thought there, Barbara

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