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Rosie: Anna Nicole Was "Balloon Without Tether"

2/12/2007 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comRosie O'Donnell and her cohorts on "The View" had their first chance to address the death of Anna Nicole Smith, and while they took pity on Anna Nicole herself, they showed little mercy for Howard K. Stern or the entertainment news shows that paid her for those slurred, difficult-to-watch interviews.

Rosie, for her part, inflamed some viewers by imitating Anna Nicole unfavorably on Thursday's show, which was taped just hours before Anna's death. Today, lamenting the starlet's death, Rosie compared Smith to a Macy's Thanksgiving parade balloon without anyone to hold it back. She charged that Howard K. Stern had an "addiction" problem as well.

Meanwhile, Rosie let fellow comedienne Margaret Cho express her thoughts on Smith's death, posting Cho's own blog posting about the matter on rosie.com. In it, Cho compared Smith to "ripe summer peaches hot from the sun, or rice pudding made from grains boiled for over a day on the stove," and called her "the most beautiful woman I had ever seen."

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melisa    

Come on TMZ...its clear that you guys hate her. I was watching The View and I was thinking how are the people of TMZ going to twist this around and my god you guys found it. It would nice to put the contest of the "balloon without tether" to your readers. But that of course will have to mean that unbiased and real journalism will have to occur. Your site clearly proves why we want to war as it just a spin machine with very little substance and a lot of propaganda. Shame on you TMZ and shame on you Harvey Levin.

For the record, I am not a big fan of Rosie's but I am a fan unbiased and true journalism something clearly lacking here.

FYI-- for those who care the "balloon without a tether" was a reference to fame and needing a lot of people to support you to stay up and its was not truly directed ANS but it was reference to all the people around ANS who say her failing and unable to get up and not doing anything to support her.

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carrie    

ROSIE YOUR A LOW LIFE . ANNA NICOLE WAS NOT A FAV . OF MINE BUT YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT FAT BALLOON . YOU ARE NO SKINNY MINNIE . TO MAKE FUN OF SOME ONE'S DEATH IS DOWN RITE SICK . ROSIE GET A GRIP YOU ARE A LOOSER AND I DO NOT WATCH THE VIEW ANYMORE BECAUSE YOUR ON IT . BABS GET THAT OPIONATES FAT SLOB OFF YOUR SHOW . SHE MAKES ME SICK. LET THIS WOMEN BE AND LET THE COURTS FIGURE IT OUT NOT YOU AND FOR SOME OF US YOUR OPNION DOES NOT MATTER ROSIE . UGH JUST SHUT UP ALREADY . SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A ADDICT BUT YOU TOO HAVE PROBLEM YOU EAT AND ARE FAT - LESBIAN - LOUD MOUTH

2625 days ago
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Lysette    

On that clip, Rosie is right. She is just speaking on the obvious. HKS does appear to have a drug problem. duh, the whole house was on drugs. How else could anyone stay around that craziness unless they did it too.

Paula does appear to have a pill dependency. She has said she has dancer-type injuries. Eventually, she will get help. She is a smart woman, unlike poor, tragic Anna.

Team Rosie.

2625 days ago
34.

BleedingDreamer    

#6 : they tape friday shows on thursday after the first show.

2625 days ago
35.

Kcee    

Rosie is absolutely right !! How Anna's camp be it Howard Stern her lawyer, lover, Father of the baby or her nurse or her assistant or her manager or her bodyguard or her publicist who ever today Anna Nicole and Daniel are dead within months of each other and today we see the footage of her fridge in her bedroom loaded with Methadone which looks to be in liquid form that has to be administered with a needle. Who prescribed all of this medicine to her in the first place? Who is the nurse who gave her to much of this drug? On the street don't we call that a drug dealer??? Clearly someone was not taking care of Anna or she would be alive right now! I know that on her "Anna Nicole" show on E at times Anna was very demanding and wanted what she wanted which may have lead to her camp turning into "YES" people for Anna instead of helping her. At any rate love her or hate Anna she was a beautiful young woman who left this earth way to soon along with Daniel her son she adored. Such a senseless tragedy. R.I.P. Anna we love you...............

2625 days ago
36.

dana    

# 5, the reason they didn't talk about it on Friday is because on Friday's they are not live, they tape the Friday show back to back with the Thursday show

2625 days ago
37.

Mia    

Wow Rosie, ever think that over eating is an addiction also, and is just as bad as an alcohol, drug addiction? Did you know the leading cause of death amongst women was due to heart disease? Being severly overweight, can add to diabetes, high blood pressure, and of course heart disease.

Why is no one is tethering you down? Why isn't YOUR wife, helping you in YOUR addiction? Does she make sure that you're fed, HIGH cholesterol HIGH carb meals? Packing on the pounds in hopes that you will keel over and DIE, and then she will inherit your estate?

2625 days ago
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plantalittlesunshine    

The reason they didn't discuss it on fridays show was because fridays show was taped on Thursday. (just as they announced this morning).

I don't think Rosies views are very difficult to understand and not sure why some of you "don't get it".

Rosie doesn't suggest that she is an authority on anything. It just so happens that many of us respect her opinions. We might not agree with everything she says but as many have commented--- She says what we would like to say and she says it LOUD!

For example........why in the world hasn't anyone in the news (E.T.) as Howard (Anna's friend/lawer/husband) if he has a drug problem as well. It is soooooooooooooooo OBVIOUS in the last few years that he does!

The tabloid shows have majorly taken advantage of Anna this last year. Obviously her lawyer friend Howard wasn't watching out for her because he had a problem himself.

Rest in peace Anna.

2625 days ago
39.

Liam    

Rosie LOOKS like a balloon that is tethered to a dessert tray.............I can't stand her, please stop covering stupid ass things that she says.

2625 days ago
40.

Pat    

I DON'T WATCH THE VIEW ANYMORE SINCE ROSIE IS ON IT! UNLESS SHE HAS SOMETHING GOOD TO SAY-SHE NEEDS TO KEEP HER BIG MOUTH SHUT. sHE'S NOTHING BUT A TROBLE MAKER. I'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY BARBARS WALTERS GAVE HER A JOB ON THE SHOW! I HOPE THAT WHEN HER CONTRACT IS UP, THEN THEY'LL LET HER GO! I KNOW BARBARA IS OLD, BUT SHE MADE A BIG MISTAKE IN HIRING ROSIE!!

2625 days ago
41.

ezgringa    

Rosie you need to shut up and stop attacking people! Who made you God...ahh I mean Goddess? My mother always said, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it!" But then I guess that would get you kicked off of The View. Do us a favor, shut-up and go home and be a stay at home mom for your child so he won't be the next methadone overdose. Talk about a balloon untethered! (I guess the nanny and the girlfriend have a rope, but do you?)

2625 days ago
42.

MM    

Why are people who didnt see the show so judgmental? I guess some people are just willing to buy whatever media sells.

She didnt meant what she said in a bad way. She meant Anna had no support in her life and after such tragic events needed support. Any one can see and understand that.

BTW... They didnt talk about this on Friday, because it was a pre-taped show and at the time on taping Anna was still alive.

2625 days ago
43.

annie rowe    

NICOLE SMITH IS GONE. SHE HAD IT ROUGH, WE DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE TRUE STORY. HER ONLY SON GONE, VERY STRANGE, IT MUST OF BROKE HER HEART, A NEW BABY, NOT REALLY KNOWING FOR SURE THE FATHER, EVERYONE WANTING A PEICE OF HER. AND STERN, HE WAS HELPING THINGS TOP GO HIS WAY, I THINK HE GAVE DANIEL THE DOPE, AND HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH NICOLE. HE WAS ALWAYS TELLING HER WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO EAT ETC. I THINK SHE WAS AFRAID OF HIM. HE WAS ONLY WANTING TO HANG ON TO THE GRAVY TRAIN AND BOTH WERE IN THE WAY. THEY SAY THERE WASN'T DRUGS IN HER, THATS HARD TO BELIEVE. LEAVE HER ALONE, EVERYONE IS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK TO DESTROY HER, SHE WAS ALITTLE WILD, SO--LEAVE HER REST, GIVE THE BABY TO GRAM UNTIL EVERYTHING IS SETTLED, STERN CAN'T EVEN TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF

ANNIE.

2625 days ago
44.

christi    

Rosie is is sick fat ass bitch...look at her life she is gay and that there should abolish her. Anna nicole may have had a few problems but she is not due to have her life thrown at the wolves by rosie. Look at her life she is going no where and look at her fat ass and still growing.

2625 days ago
45.

SHAUNA    

I AGREE WITH MOST COMMENTS ABOUT ROSIE...I HOPE SHE FEELS LIKE AN A** FOR MAKING THOSE COMMENTS HOURS BEFORE ANNA NICOLE'S DEATH. MAYBE SHE HAS LEARNES HER LESSON...LETS PRAY. I KNOW I CANT TAKE HER MOUTH MUCH LONGER...
TO ME, AFTER ALL THE BS, THIS IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE. PLEASE FIRE THIS NASTY CRUDE I WOULD RATHER HAVE HAD ROSIE DROPED DEAD!

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