"Yesterday's announcement was a tad bit bigger than I expected," O'Donnell says

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 26, 2007 11:45 AM

Reaction to the announcement that Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View took the TV star by surprise, she said on Thursday’s episode of the ABC show.

“Yesterday’s announcement was a tad bit bigger than I expected,” she said as co-host Joy Behar read off a lengthy list of news programs that had discussed O’Donnell’s departure.

“I just didn’t watch it,” O’Donnell, 45, said about the widespread TV coverage. “Once you buy into it, it becomes lodged in the hard drive of your brain. [But] to be breaking news on CNN?”

She said there were more important issues to be covered than her failed contract negotiations with ABC, such as the health problems of 9/11 rescue workers, some of whom, on Wednesday, taped their stories for The View‘s Friday broadcast.

Instead, she said, after she left the studio on Wednesday, 65 press crews were “attacking [my] car like I’m Lindsay Lohan or something.”

O’Donnell also swept aside anything Donald Trump had to say about her, leaving it to Behar to discuss the remarks he made Wednesday.

“He went on every show and said we’re irrelevant,” said Behar, who was also personally attacked by the Apprentice star. “He said I have no talent. But that’s okay, I know I have talent.”

Not that O’Donnell left the topic of Trump totally untouched. “He has a new hair color,” she said. “Orange Jell-O.”