2:55 pm - 03/19/2012

Rosie O'Donnell & Oprah Winfrey Aren't Speaking To Each Other

It's becoming the battle of the talk show queens, as Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah Winfrey aren't talking to each other after Ms. O's decision to cancel Ro's talk show on her embattled cable television network, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

As we previously reported, Winfrey decided last week to pull the plug on O'Donnell's talk show because of abysmal ratings. "It was such a f**king hellhole," one former staffer told The Daily Beast in an in-depth look at what went wrong with the show.

Winfrey did call Rosie to tell her that the show was being canceled and "it was a very strained conversation, obviously," according to a source close to the situation. "Oprah wanted to handle the announcement of the cancellation in a professional and dignified manner. Rosie thanked Oprah for the opportunity and ended the conversation very abruptly. OWN's public relations team and Rosie's publicist handled the language in the press release. Rosie didn't like the initial language of the press release because she felt that it placed sole responsibility of the failure of the show on her. Oprah didn't need to get Rosie's input or approval for the press release, but she was trying to be gracious. Up until the moment that the press release was sent out, Rosie wanted changes made, but Oprah instructed the release to go out, because it needed to go out, and she was just over the drama," the source added.

In a statement announcing the cancellation of Rosie's show, Winfrey said: "I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day. As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."

At one point during discussions over the press release announcement, OWN's public relations team "got a phone call from Rosie's camp, explaining what needed to be included into the press release. This is Oprah's network, and she has the final say. Oprah told her staff to have Rosie call her directly to address her concerns. Rosie never called Oprah. She was having her people do all the dirty work for her," the insider added.

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flowerssleeping 19th-Mar-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
team oprah
courtkneee1 19th-Mar-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
snowmoon246 19th-Mar-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
me 3
ani_di_franco 19th-Mar-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)

brandon198403 19th-Mar-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)

beatlesluv 19th-Mar-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Of course, same here.
muzicnem 19th-Mar-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Needless to say!
odella 19th-Mar-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
ilikeandrewbird 19th-Mar-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
damn, Rosie must be a witch. I had a feeling that the show was also canceled because Rosie was treating everyone like shit. I think Oprah would have worked with her if Rosie was nicer.

Every single person I know who worked for Oprah says she's awesome. She'll treat everyone with a ton of respect.
ilikeandrewbird 19th-Mar-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Rosie's website poems/responses were hilarious though
fickledame 19th-Mar-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Do you have a link please? I can't find them.
jamimo 19th-Mar-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
It was the right choice <3

ilikeandrewbird 19th-Mar-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
does Rosie's fiance seem a little off to anyone else? She met Rosie at a Starbucks and suddenly said "yup I've always been a lesbian but was too scared to come out!! I love Rosie!!"

It seems a little....how do you say....Starfucker to me.
janeeyre 19th-Mar-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
lol, what? is that how they met?
ilikeandrewbird 19th-Mar-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
yes, and her fiances dad openly talks about how it's all a fraud haha

Rosie's delusional

imnotasquirrel 19th-Mar-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
This is what I found, lol:

They met at Starbucks. “I walked into a Starbucks in the summer and she was holding a little puppy and I was about to get another little puppy,” O’Donnell told “Nightline” in October. “We started to talk and I told her, ‘You know when you have a little puppy like that you’re gonna have a baby soon.’ And she’s like ‘Actually, I was trying,’ … I was like ‘Oh your husband,’ [she said] ‘Oh I don’t have a husband.’ I was like, ‘You don’t have a husband?’ She said, ‘No, I’m a lesbian.’ I was like, ‘You are not!’ She’s like, ‘No, I am.’ I’m like, ‘What are you, a 28-year-old lesbian?’ [She said] ‘No, I’m 40.’ [O'Donnell said] ‘You’re a 40-year-old lesbian? You are?’ Who knew.”

...how touching.
mmbien 19th-Mar-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
i thought she was with that woman who had adopted a lot of kids with learning difficulties etc?
divaty 19th-Mar-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Did you watch her OWN show? The stuff she would say about her fiancé was disturbing. She's losing weight because Michelle told her to. She's dressing girly and wearing heels because Michelle told her to. It's so weird, like she's brainwashed.
ourferocity 19th-Mar-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
snapiphany 19th-Mar-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
They've got Discovery Fit & Health now, and while the programs are the same ones, they lean more toward Hoarding: Buried Alive, Bizarre ER, Untold Stories from the ER and other similar programs. Boo.
ourferocity 19th-Mar-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
to_our_savior 19th-Mar-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
cityxpretty 19th-Mar-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
nene718 19th-Mar-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
that channel was my childhood
speedychi 19th-Mar-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
im loving OWN tbh cuz ID hasnt been working in my room all year for some reason and OWN shows my favorite ID shows, on the case, deadly women, ect ect
mustacherides 19th-Mar-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
i'm no oprah fan but rosie is truly disgusting, mental illness is no excuse for being a heinous bitch all the time
_underwhelmed 19th-Mar-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
didn't this show air at like 8 at night? seemed like a flop from the start
takingthewalk 19th-Mar-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
does anyone have a link where i can watch the full episode of gaga from last night?
takingthewalk 19th-Mar-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you bb!
speedychi OT19th-Mar-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
i just heard the trayvon martin 911 tapes and cant stop crying :(
genbu_no_miko24 Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
OMG its so disgusting and horrible :'(
mylittlerants Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Every time I see his photo...smh...he was so little, ffs.
tigermilk Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
That whole situation has me fucking livid as fuck and my heart just aches for that boy and his parents. I hope Zimmerman and that cop are locked up.
bluebandit77 Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
link please
spider_orchid Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Fucked up tbh. Like, I start to wonder how that's even possible and then I stop myself because I see so much other fucked up shit during the day that it shouldn't even surprise me...
vanishingbee Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
I could never listen to them. I would just not be able to function, I never listen to tapes like that.
cityxpretty Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I just heard the story...WTF? So messed up.
phillymademe Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
i heard them this morning on GMA. so sad.
xo_prettywords Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
this case is so fucked up
emofordino Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
seriously, SO HEARTBREAKING. the fact that that asshole wannabe vigilant was like "oh no, that was ME screaming for help not him" and the fucking cop in charge CORRECTED THE WITNESS who said she heard trayvon screaming for his mom and was like "you mean zimmerman."

so much fucking rage, i can't. that poor kid. :(
bluekrinkle Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Omg, the one where you hear him :(
I just can't believe that guy hasn't been arrested. Can't believe it. I've been trying to get everyone on my facebook to sign the petition asking for the killer to be prosecuted.
wanderlust_zzz Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
I wish more people would talk about him. I don't think a lot of people know about it unfortunately. I always feel powerless with stuff like this.
monpochi Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
GORL, I saw the news about it in TODAY and damn it's so heart breaking.

They should really arrest the guy!
withoutyoursmil Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
that is just so ... i can't.
la_fours Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
I've been following the case, but I still can't bring myself to listen. :(
mikachanyo Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
This whole case is such bullshit. it pisses me off how that murdering asshole has not been charged. The cops should be thrown in with him.
sviibwhapp 19th-Mar-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
My mom watched it but I didn't
passions_voice Re: OT19th-Mar-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
They're so sad. :(. I just can't with Zimmerman. He's a racist murderer, and he's getting away with it.
distant_lines 19th-Mar-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Why would anyone risk getting on Oprah's bad side? Don't they realize she is the controller of our universe?
superdogbiter 19th-Mar-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
so why hasn't she killed diana jenkins yet
randomtasks 19th-Mar-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe Oprah is Diana Jenkins.

pennylane101 19th-Mar-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
janeeyre 19th-Mar-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Rosie always seemed like a bitch irl. Oprah is a doll! <3
spider_orchid 19th-Mar-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Nah, not when she was doing the original Rosie O show. That used to be my SHIT. I watched EVERY afternoon when I was doing my HW.
mylittlerants 19th-Mar-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Rosie had a show? ....
sparklepixie 19th-Mar-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
damn Rosie stop taking everything personally
bollyhood 19th-Mar-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Team Rosie. Oprah is repugnant.
bollyhood 19th-Mar-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
slapband 19th-Mar-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Do you have the pictures of Rooney from your icon?
letmypidgeonsgo 19th-Mar-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Team Oprah tbh
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