Staffer Says Rosie O'Donnell's Show Was "A F**king Hellhole"! Please! Sour Grapes!

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Now that Rosie O'Donnell's show has been canceled by Oprah's OWN, the beleaguered moths are flying out of the closet to bitch and kvetch up a storm.

"It was a fucking hellhole!" griped one staffer in an interview.

There are all kinds of reasons listed as to why Rosie was supposedly an absolute horror to work for.

But the first one that caught my eye says it all:

She yelled at a publicist because she didn't like the parameters that were set for an interview.

Oh, please!

That's great!

That's the kind of thing I would do!

Publicists are always trying to dictate what topics must remain unspoken, trying to produce the show (or edit your column), whereas a more genial air would make for a better interview for all involved -- and celebs can always evade questions in that charming way of theirs if they want to.

Rosie was just doing what was best for the show in that instance.

So let's not lynch Rosie now that she's no longer one of our OWN.



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exackerly
exackerly

Oh please. Rosie's been a Roseanne-level train wreck for years. Possibly forever. Read her book if you don't believe me.

Chris J VonTanner
Chris J VonTanner

And a another thing...Rosie has never been afraid of putting her name on everything she has said and done.  Who the hell is this staffer?  BS!Chris VonTanner

Chris J VonTanner
Chris J VonTanner

I have always and still do admire Rosie O'Donnell.  She takes no bullshit from men or women.     It has been written, "if you yell and order people around and are a man, your a good businessman.  If you do the same and are a woman, you're a bitch.  Give me a bitch any day!Chris VonTanner

Timmmyk
Timmmyk

I'm no fan whatsoever, finding her a phony, hyper, insufferably self righteous opportunist among other things, but I did know a few former staffers from her daytime talk show and THEY were all miserable nightmares. I knew them from before they worked for her and held such various positions as production assistants, network pages and other behind the scenes jobs for Letterman, Montel and NBC on their attempted climb up the ladder; the last time I ever the group sometime in the 90's, they were had become co-workers who were inexplicably killing the buzz of a party my hubby I & attended and quickly excused ourselves from. At the time they were atrocious, crass young creeps. I say, take it where it comes from. They all deserve each other anyway.

Oil
Oil

She is playing Miss Hannigan in "Annie." Perfect casting.

Pietro
Pietro

Love her or hate her (I love her, though she is perplexing & makes me want to toss a salad at her), Rosie is ours.

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

I've not met Rosie.  But I admire her great strength over many years.  She cannot fully realise her impact and what she means to gay families.  Years ago Rosie did a favor for my nephew, a kid in Pennsylvania, suffering a bad homelife with an evangelical way coo-coo mother.  Ryan, then 14, was in a small town where the local rock/pop fm station was running a contest to "Land Us A Star" who would in turn record a promo for their morning news.  You know what this smart kid did?  Somehow, he wrote to Rosie, the letter made its way to her, she did the morning call that was part of the contest, recorded the spot on the phone...and Ryan was awarded a $4,000 college scholarship as a result.  Ryan's now a Ph.D prof of literature in western Pennsylvania.  Hope Rosie sees this.  Looking forward to her return.

BamaGuy1024
BamaGuy1024

Michael, please! The most egregious thing I read is that Rosie frequently publicly criticized crew her members, cameramen and directors - not just in front of the entire production team, but even with an audience present!  She humiliated employees in a most disgusting way. A supervisor or employer must follow the "praise publicly, criticize privately" rule or she/he will have lots of animosity and discord in their working relationships. This is what Rosie is plainly guilty of.   

Scruff712
Scruff712

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper.

Rick shur
Rick shur

If you want to know about what it's like to work with Rosie, I suggest that you get Charles Busch really drunk and ask him to share some Taboo stories.

Varicosa
Varicosa

Oh, right! The variety show!!! Just remembered that one!! One episode of sheer hell!!!

Mrmr
Mrmr

Her feud with Trump was second n ickiness only to the one with Elizabeth Hasselbeck. And she was mean to Barbara Walters in her book. But I still think she's  a good interviewer.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

And let's not forget her variety show --  no matter how hard we may want to try.

music1028
music1028

After a while, it becomes more difficult to ignore the plethora of people who make the same complaints against O'Donnell.

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

One only needs to go back to 2003 and the bad press she got when she produced TABOO.

Now, today I read that maybe she'll play Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of ANNIE.

Perfect part for her.

burning_plastic
burning_plastic

The only thing about her I admire is that she was able to get a show on, at all, anywhere. It's amazing that she had a second life resurfacing on The View, so this is really her third strike. She comes across as angry, irrational, and unpleasant. I just saw past of her interview with Tony Danza and I couldn't believe how awkward and dumb it was. Oprah was doing her a major favor to keep her on that long, and I'll bet working for her was about as bad as it gets.

What is her talent? What does she do? She was in a movie a hundred years ago. It was a hit but I doubt it's anyone's favorite movie and no one talks about it anymore. To be fair, when she has the right kind of guest, she is probably a good interviewer. I'd assume that Barbara Walters and Oprah know more about this than I do. But I just never could see why she had her own show to start with.

Krl5858
Krl5858

However she was/is to work with, the show was awful.

What a shame.

Mrfudgicle
Mrfudgicle

Well "yelling uncontrollably" might be  a bad thing if you're trying to run a smooth ship and have relationships with people.

Stormac
Stormac

True but I bet she WAS a horror to work with.

Gcndc
Gcndc

She seems like a mean, nasty woman.  I'm sure working for her would be hell.

Vava
Vava

She is a horrible person to work with!!! 

exackerly
exackerly

Doesn't Miss Hannigan actually have to be able to do some real singing?

Mrfudgicle
Mrfudgicle

"She was in a movie"??

She was a standup comic who then became a VH1 veejay who then had a smash daytime talk show for years as well as appearing in big Hollywood movies (Sleepless in Seattle, Flintstones) as well as indies (Beautiful Girls). She also had a magazine. She then had the View and then a radio show.

Please. Don't rewrite history just because you don't know your facts.

mjm
mjm

 you talking about Rosie or Oprah? because I've heard horror stories about working with the big O that would put Rosie to shame.

and did anybody read Trump's twitter. he needs to move on and get a hobby.

Chickstrrr
Chickstrrr

Anybody see her in that made for TV movie where she was mentally challenged and she was always on the bus and her sistef was Andie McDowell. I think it was called Taking the bus with my sister. Ooh boy. A classic. But I've met her a couple times and she was pretty nice.

SAKARA
SAKARA

OMG.....the flintstones!!!!!

wow, gee....and vh1, as well!

burning_plastic
burning_plastic

Okay, I forgot to include her work in such cultural landmarks as The Flintstones but my point is still the same. She's an unpleasant person and she's had three shots at being a talk show host. I think she's most famous for feuding with Donald Trump. That was entertaining. They should probably do a show together like when Timothy Leary toured with G Gordon Liddy.

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