Stunner. Former Staffers Say Working With Lib Rosie O’Donnell Was “F-cking Hellhole”

What a surprise.
Former staffers say working with Rosie O’Donnell was just as horrible as we all imagined it would be.
Weasel Zippers and The Daily Beast reported:

Rosie O’Donnell signed a multimillion-dollar deal with OWN for a talk show that was supposed to save Oprah’s failing network. Instead, it tanked. Ramin Setoodeh talked with staffers about what went wrong…

…At the Harpo offices in Chicago, O’Donnell’s staff had been alerted of the decision only hours before, after weeks of rumors that the show was on the chopping block. Over a short TV life span, through countless reboots and hiatuses, the series had morphed from a delightful comedy hour that nonetheless premiered to weak ratings in the fall to a bleak, Larry King — style interview program with C-list guests like the cast of Dance Moms and Jaleel White. Through all the changes, some 30 employees from producers to writers had left because of budget cuts and possibly because of a boss who couldn’t decide what she wanted and frequently humiliated them in public. “It was such a fucking hellhole,” says one former staffer.

Several staffers were very upset when O’Donnell clashed with Winfrey’s longtime director Joe Terry (who has since been hired by Katie, the forthcoming Katie Couric talk show). People thought she humiliated him when she scolded him in front of a live audience for using the wrong camera shots, suggesting he didn’t know what he was doing. She fired Winfrey’s stage manager because she felt like he was ignoring her and not doing his job properly. But some of her biggest fights were with “the games department.” She couldn’t decide what she wanted — The Price Is Right, physical games, or trivia — and was constantly belittling the people who worked on them.

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  • 1RedBeard

    The stunner is that it took so long for Rosie to be recognized as poorly balanced, emotionally unstable, and not very nice at her core.

  • Oldsailors Poet

    Why is that useless pig taking up precious gateway pundit space?

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  • Sickofobama

    She’s such a lovely person – NOT!

    She is d-bag for the Democrats.

    Angry, bitter, nasty.

    Hey, maybe she’ll run for office.

    And get elected.

  • LookUp

    She does wonders for Oprah…..not that I’ve listened to her tripe in years either.

  • anti-bho

    Maybe we could have Rosie and Maher as the top billing in an HBO pay per view cage match, with a fight-to-the-death.
    Best way I know to rid ourselves of at least one of these pieces of s**t.
    My money will be on her. Any takers?

  • wright

    She sounds a lot like Michael Moore. Now that I think about it…………

  • democraps suck

    what do you expect from a loud mouthed fat a$$ pig…..

  • Patty
  • Patty

    O’donnell is has never matter in my life.

    Rosie O’Donnell’s Show Gets Canceled After One Season

    She is not funny. She has no idea that she really isn’t liked on stage or T.V.

    And this is just killing her. Her anger is misplaced and truthfully she needs to see a doctor.

    Can you imagine her adopted kids, pray that they aren’t subjected to her outrage.

  • Patty

    O’donnell is has never matter in my life.

    Correction: O’Donnell has never matter in my life.

  • P. Aaron

    But at least it was a liberal hell hole.

  • crackermike

    RE#7, Now that you mention it, has anyone ever seen O’Donnell and Moore together at the same time and place?

  • doc

    I feel sorry for her, she must be at least the most miserable critter, pretending to be human, on the planet. She reminds me of a shunk…they also have a well deserved reputation as being a stinker.

  • Granny

    #2 March 19, 2012 at 6:03 am
    Oldsailors Poet commented:

    Why is that useless pig taking up precious gateway pundit space?


  • Patty

    Mr. President, When Should I Expect Your Call?

    Dear President Obama,

    You don’t know my telephone number, but I hope your staff is busy trying to find it. Ever since you called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, I figured I might be next. You explained to reporters you called her because you were thinking of your two daughters, Malia and Sasha. After all, you didn’t want them to think it was okay for men to treat them that way:

    “One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” you said. “I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”

    And I totally agree your kids should be able to speak their minds and engage the culture. I look forward to seeing what good things Malia and Sasha end up doing with their lives.

    But here’s why I’m a little surprised my phone hasn’t rung. Your $1,000,000 donor Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family. He’s made fun of my brother because of his Down’s Syndrome. He’s said I was “f—-d so hard a baby fell out.” (In a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book, which tells about the forgiveness and redemption I’ve found in God after my past – very public — mistakes.)

    If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you. After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager. That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom — you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.

    Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you. Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.


    What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women… even if they’re just single moms? Even if they’re Republicans?

    I’m not expecting your SuperPAC to return the money. You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency. I’m not even really expecting a call. But would it be too much to expect a little consistency? After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals.

  • Joscefi

    Yes, a picture really is worth a thousand words….

  • Willy

    RE #13. I think they are indeed different people, but they can’t put them in proximity because one will eat the other.

  • The Elector of Saxony

    Another Leftist consumed by rage, self-loathing, fear, and hate. Pretty typical of her circle. One more reason to withdraw from the popular culture and reject the sewer that is the bi-coastal entertainment-media complex.

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  • pink tie Republican

    She is a credit to her … what… race… gender…. sexual orientation….all skanks everywhere?

  • shibumi

    Something to ponder. Most people in the media- including the behind the scenes people- are liberals of varying degrees. I find it somewhat amusing that liberal gay superstar Rosie made their lives a living hell.

    BTW, there is no way she should have any say in the camera shots of the activities of the floor director. She is talent. Or that’s what she’s classified as.

    Finally, if it was a conservative that was acting this way, it would have been the lead story on every gossip show. With Rosie… not so much.

  • greenfairie

    What I don’t understand is how anyone is surprised by this…Rosie O’Donnell’s diva and imbalanced behavior has been legendary for YEARS! I’ve heard the same stuff from people who worked with her on her Broadway show about Culture Club, her old talk show from the late ’90s, and her magazine. In fact, one of the former magazine editors wrote a book called “The Devil Wears Bike Shorts” or something like that about her experiences working with La Rosie. I’m sure she was a nightmare on “The View,” tolerated for as long as she was because her loose cannon mouth was ratings gold. How could anyone take a job with this nut knowing her reputation? I know the economy is bad, but I’d rather beg for change on the street than work with that loon.

  • Adi
  • donh

    The fact Opra would book this lesbo skank adds more evidance to those rumors Opra and Gail have something more than a close personal friendship…..Rosie has failed at everything since outting herself and she is well known from court cases to stiff employees and be difficult to work with. No reason to book her for ratings success. Her contracts are pure agenda patronage… gays taking care of their own culture pushers.

  • Poster girl (or however she describes her gender) for all liberals, mean, fat, ugly, and more likely than not lesbians.

  • Stuart

    Winfrey’s longtime director Joe Terry goes to work for Rosie O’Donnel, quits and goes to work for Katie Couric. Man, if that isn’t the textbook definition of a masochist.
    I predict that before he takes his own life he goes to work for Kieth Olberman.

  • myohmy

    Don’t care about Rosie O’Donnel.

  • MJ

    Just stuff her intravenously with food and she’ll calm down.

  • She is nuts by any reckoning.

    What is really scarry is that she thinks she has something to say.

  • Bozo the Clone

    She will find peace when she returns to the pod of manatees she originally came from. She can float, munch on seaweed, and doge boat propellers to her heart’s content. The rest of us will be happy as well.

  • owl

    Rosie of The View is just plain nuts.

    Joy Behar or The View is much more nasty. vicious, mean. Yep. Unbelievable but true.