Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Exclusive: “The View” Forgot to Invite Rosie O’Donnell So Far for “Flashback Fridays” Featuring Former Hosts


So this week “The View,” returning next week on ABC, announced a series of Flashback Friday’s with former hosts returning to the studio.

First up is Star Jones on September 10th. I won’t get into all the reasons Star departed, but her sponsored wedding contributed to the exit. There was a lot of bad publicity.

But if invitations went out to former hosts, someone forgot to mail one to Rosie O’Donnell. The beloved talk show host, actress, activist was a host twice in two different runs on “The View.” She was terrific, but her presence often challenged Whoopi Goldberg over who was in charge.

Rosie, I’m told, is very busy right now shooting the pilot of “American Gigolo” in Los Angeles. She was also featured this past season on Showtime’s “The L Word” and the mini series “I Know This Much is True.” She was a big hit on “SMILF” until the show’s creator screwed up and the plug got pulled.

But if “The View” is serious about this PR stunt, they’d better bring back Rosie. She has legions of fans who’d love to see her back taking on Hot Topics.

PS One smart idea would be to have Rosie do a “Welcome Back Broadway” show. No one knows Broadway better. And it would be fun for a change!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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