Rosie loses room with a View

Apr 25, 2007 by Ian Evans

Rosie O’Donnell’s time on The View ends in June.

Rosie told the audience Wednesday that she wanted a one year extension while ABC wanted three. Though her current contract ends in June, she says she’ll make the occasional appearance during the next season.

“It just didn’t work,” she said, “and that’s show biz. But it’s not sad because I loved it here and I love you guys and I’m not going away.”

“We have had, to say the least, an interesting year,” said Barbara Walters, the show’s co-host and executive producer. During Rosie’s time on the show, there’s been the much publicized feud with Donald Trump, the mini-feud with Kelly Ripa, exceedingly heated debates with right-leaning co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and most recently an attack on Rupert Murdoch at a dinner speech that led Walters to say that, “I would like to point out that Rosie’s view is not always mine. I would like to say for the record that I am very fond of Rupert Murdoch.”

Rosie was good for the ratings, with this year’s February sweeps up 15% in key demographics over last year. With offers of another talk show and appearances on FX’s Nip/Tuck, we’ll be sure to see Rosie on the air again soon.