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Monday, July 10, 2006
Mean, nasty Rosie O'Donnell
"...I'm saying that as a culture, and I agree with it, black people have so few role models that they said, 'You know what? I don't care, you're not taking them!'"

Anybody who knows me knows I can't stand Rosie O'Donnell. It stems from a personal experience I had with her when I was interning with the New York Women in Film and Television organization back during the mid-1990s. At that time, I not only experienced Rosie as a mean, nasty, rude, bitch of an individual, I also shared Rosie horror stories with more people than I care to recall. She apparently was only the "Queen of Nice" on her show, but spread the nasty around liberally.

Well, peep the latest lowdown on Rosie and her part in Star Jones' departure from "The View." Says NYDN columnist Lloyd Grove:
Star Jones Reynolds and Rosie O'Donnell say they used to be friends. But now I can reveal the precise moment when the just-fired and just-hired cohosts on "The View" became sworn enemies.
It was during Rosie's appearance on the May 12, 2004, show. Daily News contributor Jawn Murray dug up the smoking videotape.

The two combatants initially greeted each other warmly before trash-talking like WWE wrestlers. Rosie — who this year harshly mocked Star for less-than-candid explanations of her precipitous weight loss — started with flattery. "You look fabulous!" Rosie gushed. "It's like 'Twinkle Twinkle Shrinking Star.'"

But the chat quickly turned ugly when O'Donnell suggested that women "stand up and scream" to protest Martha Stewart's felony conviction, and former prosecutor Jones Reynolds vehemently objected.

Rosie: "Here's what I love. The black community said you cannot have O.J. Simpson, you cannot have Jayson …"

Star: "No, excuse me! … And if the black people had a vote, they did not tell me."

Rosie: "Honey! Honey, listen to what I'm saying. … The black community said you can't have the basketball player Jayson Williams, you can't have him. …"

Star: "There were two black people on the jury!"

Rosie: "Wait! Wait! Wait! I'm saying that as a culture, and I agree with it, black people have so few role models that they said, 'You know what? I don't care, you're not taking them!'"

Star: "What???! … When did the black vote have a meeting and vote?"

Rosie: "I didn't say you had a meeting, Star!"

The next day on the air, Star scorched O'Donnell: "Although the mainstream media may not collectively report on black role models, trust and believe there are plenty out there, and you don't need to rally behind O.J. Simpson. I mean, that was inappropriate." I hear that Rosie was upset, but Barbara Walters tried and failed to get Star to apologize.

O'Donnell and her flack were unreachable at press time. A spokesman for Star told Lowdown: "We made our last statement regarding this matter on June 29 on the 'Today' show. We have no further comment."
Wait, wait, wait, honey... you're a cow.

Tags: , The view, Television, Celebrities, rosie o'donnell, TV
posted by JReid @ 10:01 AM  
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