After a brief stint with plenty of controversy, Rosie O'Donnell announced today that she's leaving "The View," according to the Associated Press. The cause — or at least, the official cause — was that the host and ABC failed to come to a contractual agreement amenable to both of them. O'Donnell will leave the show in June.
As for the real reason, it's anyone's guess, since O'Donnell has been a lightning-rod of somewhat trivial scandals since joining the show. The AP reports:
Walters was frequently left to clean up the damage after O'Donnell. She did it most recently Monday, when O'Donnell was criticized for using bad language and attacking Rupert Murdoch from the dais of the annual New York Women in Communication awards luncheon.
To me, the Rosie controversy always seemed totally overblown; I mean, aren't talk show hosts supposed to get people talking? Plus, she was hardly any more ridiculous than Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and she gave "The View" a huge ratings boost.
I'll be most interested to see who the daytime talk show will get to host next. For a show with such ridiculously high personnel turnover, "The View" always seems to stumble when it comes to new hires. Who would you like to see fill Rosie's seat?