Rosie O'Donnell Takes the Long View
By Jim Benson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/1/2007 11:35:00 PM
Battle-scarred talk-show diva Rosie O’Donnell has declared that she will wait until May before deciding whether to stay at ABC’s The View. Now word comes that she is in negotiations about a potentially rich overall studio deal.
With O’Donnell’s View contract ending in June and recent boycott threats against Disney and ABC over her Sept. 11 conspiracy theories, rumors about her future plans are flying.
What impact the latest controversy will have on her asking price, believed to be $40 million annually—$5 million more per year than Dr. Phil’s estimated take—is unknown.
According to O’Donnell’s publicist Cindi Berger, "Nothing has been decided." For her part, the star says on her video blog, "I have no idea. We take a family vote in May. We are going to decide then."
None of the potential bidders, including CBS Television Distribution, will comment.
Disney has rights to negotiate with O’Donnell first.
Studios must weigh whether the onetime "Queen of Nice" will continue to gain strong ratings out of almost daily controversy if she goes solo. Says one doubtful industry executive, "Horseradish tastes better when it’s mixed than when it’s alone."
Well said Melanie. I guess that kind of common sense and rational thought is enough to drive Bongo bonkers
nursemaid - 4/4/2007 3:12:00 PM EDT
Bongo: I have opened my mind and read what you have to say, considered it, and disagree with it. Several Navy pilots, as educated as you, have a differing arguement regarding the theory of burning fuel, and I tend to believe them. You have to give me more than that one unsubstantiated claim to convince me. I need to see a pattern of behavior on behalf of the american government. I have not seen it. We have a free press and our leftist media would jump all over it if it were there. I do tend to believe that muslim extremists were behind the attacks, based on their pattern of behavior, (Bombings in London, Austrialia, Africa, Spain, Russian Elementary School Children, Original World Trade Center bombing, USS Cole, beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl and many others, murder of artist in Netherlands for free speech, etc.) and who was behind the wheel when the planes went down according to the tape recordings. That is a pattern of behavior no western democratic government can match. Your theory is a mad conspiracy theory sir.
Signed "an ignorant american"
P.S Thank God for the UK for having the guts to stand to the Nazi regime during World War II. It shamefully took America 4 years to realize the threat we were all under. We all have our freedoms because of your country's leadership.
Melanie Toth - 4/3/2007 9:38:00 PM EDT
Hey Bongo: The BBC is short for Broadcasting Bull Crap
You aren't what you say you are. Your occupation is really Rosie's fastfood delivery lad. Cheers
Damien - 4/3/2007 9:05:00 PM EDT
Doesn't anyone else want to know how Larry Silverstein (owner of the World Trade Center), who purchased the towers in July 01'' for 15 million dollars was paid 7 billion dollars in insurance after being told it would cost millions to remove the asbestos from the towers?
Like Susan Smith lied that her car, with baby boys strapped into it, was hi-jacked.
Larry Silverstein lied that "there was a decision made
to pull it" referring to building 7. What would have taken weeks or months of preparation to bring down a 47 story building completed in only hours??? Come on people!
Maryjane Daly - 4/3/2007 8:09:00 PM EDT
When Sen. Clinton (NY) becomes the next president, what will all of you ultra liberals have to whine about. How will you protect the USA from another attack such as 9-11? Is it your plan that we all rollover and submit to Islam? (As the Europeans are doing!) Perhaps we should become isolationist and close our doors to the world, and every time the world demands our help we could tell them â€œSo sorry, but weâ€™ve stop caring about anyone but ourselves." We tried that once and WWI occurred. It took our involvement to stop 2 World Wars from all out world denomination by radical extremist. (Seig Hial) I would like to hear what the plan for peace is? Please explain to me how my children will survive the next attack against us? Stop screaming about President Bush and start explaining what it is that you think we should do. Because so far I havenâ€™t heard anything from the far left that makes practical sense. Only people screaming about how right they are. Well what is it your so right about? Or is it that you simply hate President Bush and will do or say anything to make him look bad.
George - 4/3/2007 7:06:00 PM EDT
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