Barbara Walters used to have a reputation as a serious journalist. That was before the bull-in-the-china-shop that is Rosie O'Donnell came bellowing into her life. Could Walters finnaly have reached her last straw with O'Donnell, though? If rumors of Rosie leaving the daytime TV talker "The View" after a blue and vulgar performance at an award ceremony for teen girls in New York is any indication, we might soon be seeing the end of the wild-eyed, late morning rants of this uninformed wind-bag, O'Donnell.
The New York Post reported on the 24th that Barbara "lowered her head on the dais and covered her face with her hand" as Rosie spoke. During her now boring schtick, Rosie unleashed the "F" word and a slew of vulgar sexual references as she spoke before the collected elite of the female movers and shakers of the news biz as well as a bevy of teen-aged girls who were on hand to receive awards for their own efforts to enter the field of communications.
Rosie spoke before the annual luncheon of N.Y. Women in Communications. In attendance were such luminaries as "Judith Giuliani, her predecessor Donna Hanover, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Helen Gurley Brown, Sue Simmons, Geri Laybourne of Oxygen Media, Jane Friedman of HarperCollins, and Hearst president Cathie Black."
Naturally, Rosie didn't care much about propriety and used the occasion to wallow in her normal low-brow behavior.
The loose-lipped lesbian dropped the F-bomb as Barbara Walters lowered her head on the dais and covered her face with her hand. O'Donnell concluded a rant about Donald Trump by grabbing her crotch and shouting, "Eat me!"On the tail of this report we get a rumor from TMZ.com that Rosie will announce that she is leaving "The View" today, though it is thought she will stick it out through the rest of this season.
O'Donnell also said she was sad when Trump called her "disgusting" and "fat" because, "it was always my dream to give an old, bald billionaire a boner."
The question is whether Walters was finally embarrassed enough to urge Rosie to take a hike, or whether Rosie is merely attempting at a power play to get more cash? Whatever is the case, Walters has seen her reputation sullied by her constant support of Rosie's disgusting behavior. Not many will forget that Walters' has slummed it too long with this lunatic, O'Donnell. and it'll be hard to claim that Walters cares much about "serious journalism" from this point on.
In a day when people like Don Imus can get fired for a failed joke, it has not ceased to amaze me that so many on the left stick up for Rosie. But, the support Hollyweird doles out for those such as Rosie proves one thing... Freedom of speech is NOT their interest. Only the subject discussed is what they support. Attacking Conservatives, the religious, and the average everyday American is called "freedom of speech" and must be supported to the hilt, but attacking their favorite people is "hate speech" and must be harshly quashed.
Let us hope that O'Donnell is finally off "The View" and that we stop hearing about her.But, if I know my Hollyweird, this whole episode will result in a fat new contract and her own show to highlight her worse-than-Stern behavior. I have a sneakin' suspicion that any new show based on her off the wall ranting will fail, though.
In any case, we'll soon see.
Update 11:00 | Matthew Sheffield. Rosie is officially off the show. See this post for info.
Update 13:25 | Matthew Sheffield. Here is a link to the video of Rosie's antics at the above-mentioned Matrix awards.