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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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Terri    

I have just one word: HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2746 days ago
47.

Harriet    

I don't watch The View but I have seen enough of Rosie to last a life time. She used to be a kinder soul. Now she is just a vile mouthed woman. IMHO. This has nothing to do with her being a lesbian. Two of my long time and closest friends are gay femals and are wonderful people. Rosie stands out for her behavior, not her sexual choices.

2746 days ago
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Edguardo    

I hear that they are considering having HEATHER MILLS replace Rosie...

2746 days ago
49.

Brenda    

This anti-american BITCH should leave the U.S. She's a discrace!

2746 days ago
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Micki    

Rosie - like her or hate her - sorry to see her go - I won't watch anymore. And as for Donald - well..you can take the trash out of the man, but not the other way around - The lowest possible form of life. What a waste of tv timeslots and radio airwaves - like anyone cares what he has to say??? What a loser!

2746 days ago
51.

angel    

ROSIE-
YOU SEEM TO BE QUITE POPULAR!
THE VIEW IS SUPPOSED TO BE ASBOUT OPINIONS, AND THOUGHTS.
YOUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS ARE CERTAINLY VULGAR AND UN-CALLED FOR.
THANK GOD YOU ARE LEAVING- YOU ARE GROSS, AND A PIG!
NOW THAT YOU ARE LEAVING, YOU WILL HAVE MORE TIME TO HANG UPSIDE DOWN BY YOUR TOENAILS

2746 days ago
52.

shame    

I'm so upset that Rosie is leaving the View. She is the only reason I watched it in the first place. She will be missed.

2746 days ago
53.

kathy    

A few years ago I was able to get tickets to the View anytime I wanted them....since Rosie there has been a year or longer waiting list. SO freakin what she is a loud mouth....she is an honest one. Too many people are just full of BS. I am sure if she was in front of anyone of you "HAters" waving a wad of cash and helping your family as she helps so many, you'de grab it and run. Rosie is awesomeeee...she may be fat, she may be a loudmouth SOB...she may EVENNN be gay...(OMGGG ;) but she has more class then those of you who hide behind yoour computers typing obscenities and having NO clue as to what your really writing about. AMERICA wake up........we have war, poverty, child abuse etc......and u blog about Rosie. ?????

2746 days ago
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Barbara    

She got fired, look at her lying face and Barbara's face. Remember how they told Star Jones to say whatever she wanted when she got fired......Barbara Walters is down the tube, They are all LIARS...Rosie was FIRED

2746 days ago
55.

Shelly    

YES!!!!! The show will be watchable once again! Buh-bye Rosie - I don't see anyone crying over your departure, just lots of cheering - HURRAY!!!!!!!!!

2746 days ago
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Michelle    

Maybe when people came up to Rosie in public and said "you've got to get rid of that thing"---maybe they were referring to her trash mouth, not her job.

2746 days ago
57.

Delly    

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK THANK THANK THANKTHANK YOU
ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2746 days ago
58.

Mee    

Its a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood... A Beautiful Day in the neighborhood......

Adios

2746 days ago
59.

Diana    

Barbara Walters has ruined her reputation through this saga. She cannot hide behind this thing, cover her face and "act" horrified. She should be ashamed. Everyone I talk to has little respect for Barbara Walters because of the Rosie Factor and I do not believe she can earn any of it back. What on earth was wrong with Barbara though this horrible and digusting, permissive and tolerance of Rosie. Why throw away an honorable career for ratings! Ratings that will not last and cannot be counted real. If advertisers wish to utilize the forum of The View, thousands of us have boycotted this show and refuse to watch..if Rosie is there or not. We hold Barbara Walters accountable. Period.

2746 days ago
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marie    

What is up with Barbara? Why is she becoming so hostle. Is she trying to prove a point that Rosie leaving the show is because ABC refused to renew her contract and she is trying to get some spewing in to see what ABC does with her contract??

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