The View’s Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly causing problems for her co-hosts and staff members on the ABC show and will be fired.
However, a report on Wednesday from the New York Post‘s Page Six is saying otherwise. A spokesperson was quoted by the Post as saying reports–from TMZ and other sites–are “absolutely false.”
The reports about her allegedly being replaced next season claim that she is angry or depressed because she isn’t the show’s moderator. As a result, she’s been rude while ratings have been down.
“We’re told Rosie came in thinking she’d be in the lead position at the table — ‘the moderator,'” TMZ said earlier this week. “We’re told she was outraged when it became clear the title and the power belonged to Whoopi [Goldberg].”
But on Tuesday and Wednesday, ABC disputed TMZ’s reporting.
“Whoopi Goldberg has been the moderator since Whoopi was hired and Rosie knew that before she took the job,” the ABC spokesperson said. Meanwhile, another spokesperson told the NY Post: “This is yet another in a long line of fabricated stories. Reports of Rosie leaving are false.”
There’s been rumors about backstage fighting and squabbles since the show made its debut in 1997. Recently, Jenny McCarthy departed the show after one year on the panel, while Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck also left.
Of note, O’Donnell left the daytime talk show in 2007 before she returned in 2014.
Last year, the show brought on Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace in an attempt to boost audience ratings.
The Post also reported a few months ago that O’Donnell had a backstage conflict with Wallace about President Obama.
Goldberg, in an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last month, touched on the rumors. “You get four chicks and people expect you to fight,” Goldberg said.
“Nobody ever asks those questions of the guys,” she continued. “You get five guys on ESPN and maybe they’re sniping at each other, but nobody says ‘Aw, the dudes are fighting.'”