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EW YORK(AP) Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at "The View." ABC said Friday she asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract at the daytime chatfest following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday. She was due to leave in mid-June.
It ended a colorful eight-month tenure for O'Donnell that lifted the show's ratings but no doubt caused heartburn for show creator Barbara Walters. O'Donnell feuded with Donald Trump and frequently had snippy exchanges with the more conservative Hasselbeck.
O'Donnell said last month she would be leaving because she could not agree to a new contract with ABC executives.
"Rosie contributed to one of our most exciting and successful years at `The View,'" Walters said. "I am most appreciative. Our close and affectionate relationship will not change."
In a statement, O'Donnell said that "it's been an amazing year and I love all three women."
No one was feeling the love on Wednesday, when the argument with Hasselbeck began over O'Donnell's statement last week about the war: "655,000 Iraqi civilians have died. Who are the terrorists?"
Talk show critics accused O'Donnell of calling U.S. troops terrorists. She called Hasselbeck "cowardly" for not saying anything in response to the critics.
"Do not call me a coward, because No. 1, I sit here every single day, open my heart and tell people what I believe," Hasselbeck retorted, and their riveting exchange continued despite failed attempts by their co-hosts to cut to a commercial.
According to a New York Post report, O'Donnell's chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly led out of the building on Wednesday after she was caught drawing mustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck in "The View" studios. ABC executives didn't return repeated calls for questions on the incident Friday.
i am so proud of elizabeth she finally stood up to Rosie. I really like Rosie but sometimes she can just be a big bully. I am kind of glad she is leaving because she is very rude and it seems like its her way or the highway. I also find it funny then when Star Jones quit the view Rosie kind of made a joke out of it but look 1 year later Rosie herself quits!
i am so proud of elizabeth she finally stood up to Rosie.
ive seen about 10 minutes of the view from what jon stewart has made fun of, and clips my parents have shown me. even from those few clips, i can tell that elizabeth is completely brainwashed. why are you proud of her? she just re-stated the party line that shes been told to say, and she didn't answer rosie's question at all. she side-stepped it, and uttered complete ******** that i bet she barely believes. she acted cowardly and like a brainwashed fool.
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um because she finally said you know what rosie let me speak because rosie seems to think she can bully whoever she wants and always has to turn everything into a gay thing. i am so glad she is off the view! and to call elizabeth a coward umm i believe elizabeth every day goes on and stands up for bush which now today it is hard to find someone that wont criticize her for that. i think elizabeth is far from being a coward!