Rosie O’Donnell, who has been a host on The View since 2006, could be fired before the season ends, according to a report on Monday.
There have been rumors that O’Donnell has been fighting with co-host Whoopi Golberg and others on the program.
But TMZ on Monday said that the problem is deeper than that. Citing sources close to the show, the gossip site claimed O’Donnel is “rude” and a “malcontent.”
A source said she appears “very depressed” and barely interacts with anyone off camera. “The honchos have tried talking with Rosie but they say it’s like talking to a wall. They doubt she will even finish the season and another season we’re told is ‘out of the question,'” the report said.
But a spokesperson for O’Donell said, “This is absolutely false! Whoopi Goldberg has been the moderator since Whoopi was hired and Rosie knew that before she took the job.”
Last week, a report from the New York Daily News said O’Donnell and Goldberg were at each others’ throats over how to cover the allegations surrounding Bill Cosby and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
“There’s terrible frustration and there are problems,” a source close told the Daily News in November. “Whoopi didn’t want to talk about Cosby and Ferguson, Rosie (O’Donnell) did — how could you not? These are topics that are uncomfortable for everyone, but it’s ‘The View’ and it’s their job to talk about topics that might make some people tense,” the person added.
“Rosie (O’Donnell) was yelling at everyone. First, she had a fight with Whoopi and then she had a fight with the producers,” an ABC staffer said, according the Daily News.
However, a View spokesperson said the whole thing was overblown, saying the allegations against the two are “mean-spirited and greatly exaggerated by someone who is obviously disgruntled and has some agenda.”