Walters wants The View to be "based on people who like each other"
The View boss Barbara Walters wants Rosie O’Donnell, who starts as co-host on Tuesday, to stop blogging about the show.
“I didn’t like the blog,” Walters tells Newsweek of a post in which O’Donnell complained about a promotional skit for the new season. “I saw the new view promos,” O’Donnell wrote on her Web site. “Found myself/ in the position/ I loathe the most/ powerless.”
But Walters is hoping O’Donnell will be a team player. “I’m counting on Rosie’s intelligence and sensitivity and humor,” she tells Newsweek. “This is, after all, an entertainment show. It is based on people who like each other and are having a good time, not on people who are arguing and unhappy.”
Soon after Walters spoke to the magazine, she called back to say she’d just received flowers with a card reading, “Barbara, I only want the promos and the show to be great. And I love you. Love, Ro.”
O’Donnell also says she has no hard feelings toward former co-host Star Jones Reynolds – although she admits she’d refused to be a guest on The View when Reynolds was there.
The differences started, O’Donnell says, when “we had a little sort of discussion when Martha Stewart was in prison, when I questioned why it is women don’t stick up for each other the way other minorities do, such as O. J. Simpson being accused of murder still had the support of the majority of the black community.”
O’Donnell says Reynolds “was not happy with what I said or the way I said it. The next day, she told me she didn’t appreciate what I said. I told the bookers, ‘I’m glad to fill in if you need someone – if she’s not there.’ I don’t want to fight with her.”
But O’Donnell says she had no hand in Reynolds’s dismissal. “I would love to think I had the kind of power to say ‘Fire her,’ ” she says. “But what would my motive be for ruining her life?”