Oh, good lord, she's back.
I tuned into see who's sitting in the vacated chair on "The Talk." Julie Chen left the show after her husband, Les Moonves, CBS' head honcho, was let go due to allegations of sexual harassment. Since Chen's exit, "The Talk" has had a carousel of guests.
The other day, I learned Rosie O'Donnell was sitting in for a day. Hopefully, it was only for a day. Why am I being so venomous, you ask? I hate it when people make tons of money by pretending to be nice and are anything but.
When O'Donnell first rose to fame with her talk show, she was dubbed the queen of nice. But folks behind the scenes knew she was often the queen of mean. A very important part of a TV show is the stage manager. He gives the actors cues, shows them which camera to look at, keeps things running on time and tries to make everyone happy.
The first week of her show, O'Donnell had a stage manager who is arguably the most talented and nicest guy for the role. Several days in a row, she was unhappy with directions he gave. Most people would say something at the taping break, but not our girl. She kept throwing lollipops at him. Deciding he was no sucker and it would be dum dum for him to stay, he finished the day and left.
I had my own experience with O'Donnell. For many years, the Daytime Emmys were a major event: parades down Sixth Avenue, paparazzi vying for shots of the stars, fans in fevered pitch.
For years, I covered the show not only for my column, but I also covered it on-air for several local stations. The day I was doing interviews for the Cleveland station, O'Donnell was outside my booth. Her public relations person said, "And this is Cleveland." "Why would I want to talk Cleveland?" O'Donnell bellowed, as if she were being forced to talk to a leper. "Ah, because Cleveland is one of your major markets," said her press representative. Neither the flack nor the star knew I had heard what Rosie said.
In a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde turn, she became nicer than Tom Hanks - Hanks is the king of niceness and talent. A few years back, O'Donnell had a short-lived run on "The View." Shortly after leaving the show, she bad-mouthed ABC and Barbara Walters.
Everyone deserves a second chance and perhaps even a third, but Rosie O'Donnell has reached her limit. There have been some rumblings that producers of "The Talk" may even put a man in the empty role or just keep having guests. When I hear, you'll hear.
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