Entertainment: As if that show couldn't get more of a whine fest, but its this bit of dishonesty by AP's David Bauder that annoys me.
|Dubbed "The Queen of Nice" when her syndicated talk show went on the air in 1996 and became an instant hit, O'Donnell won six Daytime Emmy Awards in six years as best talk-show host. She left the show to help raise four children with her partner, Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell.|
No she did not, the show was tanking and she bailed.
|Rosie Calling It Quits?
by Bridget Byrne
Nov 21, 2000, 1:00 PM PT
Once touted as the kindest, gentlest of the daytime talkers, O'Donnell has more recently attracted controversy and irked TV station owners for either attacking or promoting her guests' political leanings. She lit into Tom Selleck over gun control. Just three weeks ago, she reportedly threatened not to re-sign her contract unless she was allowed to air a video of Barbra Streisand asking viewers to vote for Al Gore.
Also ratings have dropped 19 percent this fall. O'Donnell, who used to rank among the top three daytime hosts with Oprah and Jerry Springer , has now fallen behind Regis Philbin and Maury Povich and is currently tied for fifth place with Montel Williams.
Media analysts speculate that while O'Donnell may simply be threatening to quit in order to negotiate a better deal, she might also be trying to save face by bowing out before the show really tanks. |