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Rosie Makes It Official -- She's Leaving

4/25/2007 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The reign of Rosie on "The View" is over! She announced on today's show that she's leaving in June after she couldn't come to terms with ABC on a new contract.

Confirming the story that TMZ broke exclusively last night, Rosie led the show, saying, "Breaking news! I've decided we couldn't come to terms with my deal, so next year I'm not going to be on 'The View'." Rosie explained that she wanted a one-year deal, while ABC wanted three years. She insisted that she wasn't fired by ABC or Barbara Walters -- "They're not kicking me out!" she said.

She added that she'll be on the show frequently next season as a guest-host after she makes her exit in June, and will participate in special episodes as well.

Meanwhile, Babwa told viewers she was "sad" about Rosie's exit but said that she "knew" Rosie would only stay for a year when she hired her last spring. Babs also said that she and ABC "have not thought about a replacement" but TMZ has learned that the word is already out in Hollywood to find one.


The View: Click to watchAccording to Joy, the one person who's really cut up about Ro's departure is Donald Trump, joking, "How is he going to resuscitate 'The Apprentice' now?" Even Rosie's frequent sparring partner Elisabeth Hasselbeck thanked her for "taking the shackles off" the show's debate.

Rosie said that her final decision was made when she took a vote with her kids on what to do. One of the kids, says Ro, didn't understand why everyone came up to her when she was in public and told her, "You got to get rid of that [job]."

Then it was business as usual on "The View," as the ladies went on to bash Bush and talk "Dancing with the Stars."


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16.

Clark    

HAPPY DAYS, HAPPY DAYS!!!!!! This is the best news I've heard in a long time. I'm SO, SO, SO Glad to see her go!!! Maybe Donald will throw her a going away party????

2652 days ago
17.

Court Reporter    

FINALLY!! How many times do I have to complain to ABC. It is one thing to express your opinion and respect that of others but she does not. I cant believe how much anger and venom that woman has inside-it really is sad that she is bringing up children!

2652 days ago
18.

TAKE YOUR GRANDMOTHER WANTS AND SHOVE THEM    

THE LORD IS GOOD.

2652 days ago
19.

keith    

The only reason to watch the view was because of Rosie! The ratings were at a all time high!!!

2652 days ago
20.

Jack    

OH Happy Day!!!

2652 days ago
21.

ROsita    

It's a shame the only man on the show is quitting. Now instead of watching The View I have to resort to parking outside the combination Jenny Craig/Mental Health Hospital and watch fat crazy people coming and going.

2652 days ago
22.

Valerie Johnson    

YEAH " " " " " " " " " " "
Know I can finally watch the view.

2652 days ago
23.

been there done that    

This is the best news ever. Now maybe we can get conversation with only one person speaking at a time instead of Rosie and whoever else is speaking.

2652 days ago
24.

Edguardo    

Yeah right, she couldn't come to an agreement on a new contract. Nobody believes that story.

Hey Rosie, "YOU'RE FIRED!!!"




P.S. - "EAT ME"!!!!

2652 days ago
25.

FED UP IN ROCKFORD!!    

IT COULDNT HAPPEN TO A NICER PERSON!! THANK GOD! DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS-

2652 days ago
26.

mara    

Today is a good day. Rosie is finally off the View. Hope she goes to HBO.

2652 days ago
27.

Debbie    

I think she should have been gone a long time ago. How many of us have had to hold our tongues from saying things we shouldn't have. As my mom would say if you don't have anything nice to say keep it to yourself. Good riddance Rosie!

2652 days ago
28.

J'man    

When did the mildly humorous O'Donnell turn into the unfunny witch of the past couple of years? She has come across as being self-righteous, all-knowing and egomaniacally opiniated. Relax, Rosie, the world is not all about you.

2652 days ago
29.

Enough is Enough    

GOOD GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

2652 days ago
30.

Alec has no brains    

It's George Bush's fault.

Do you believe all the lies about them feeling sad tha Rosie is leaving?

2652 days ago
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