Monday, May 28, 2007

Of Course She Quit


After what can only be described as a very unpleasant nauseating confrontation with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O’Donnell chose to not honor her contract that was to see her at the employment of The View for another three weeks.

Her premature departure is asymptomatic of an omnipresent current in Corporate America: the lack of loyalty. Employees’ lack of loyalty is a direct reaction to Employers’ greed and often blatant lack of sensitivity. In this case: ABC putting up a split screen during the now famous altercation between Hasselbeck & O’Donnell automatically creating a classic highlight reel for news shows all over the world.
It was cheap, sensational and beneath a show co-produced by the great Barbara Walters.

Yes, Rosie could have stayed the three weeks left in her contract, but for what? There are no Olympics where medals are awarded to people who put up with bullshit. No trophies for people who go to work at a job they no longer like. No world record for people who put up the good fight for the sake of doing what we’ll look good to others (which, in reality, is camouflaged lack of confidence and balls).

Furthermore, as a publicist, I can only bow to this power move which nourishes Rosie’s image of being a badass, a power-maker and a force to be reckoned with. Prima Donna? Sure. But there’s no room for the weak in Television.

Three weeks don’t seem like much but life is short and these are three weeks Rosie wouldn’t have been able to get back. Instead, she gets to spend three extra weeks with her partner, her kids and her family. People she actually likes instead of spending it with Airhead Deluxe: Elizabeth Hasselbeck, in an environment that had most likely become unbearable. It also gives Rosie three extra weeks to go through the multiple and lucrative TV deals that have come from NBC, CBS, MSNBC and the CW. More power to her.

The Debacle:

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