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Rosie O'Donnell Had Somewhat of a Positive Impact on 'The View'

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By Francesca O'Hern

Rosie O'Donnell's two brief stints on daytime talkshow The View did not earn her any new fans. She has been characterized as domineering and abusive, with one co-worker even comparing her to the genocidal Pol Pot. In Variety writer Ramin Setoodeh's book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of 'The View, O'Donnell's conflicts are documented in detail. However, although she made some huge missteps on the show and ruined many relationships, she did help out one cast member by giving her the tools to negotiate a higher salary.

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O'Donnell's First Time Around

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During O'Donnell's first time working on The View in 2006 and 2007, she acted as moderator (Whoopi Goldberg's current job) under the leadership of Barbara Walters. Though Walters originally gave O'Donnell her full backing, O'Donnell created a hostile work environment, "berating" executive producer Bill Geddie to the point that he had to take a temporary leave of absence because of her, and mocking a producer for having an affair with the show's director, Mark Gentile. By this time, Barabara Walters was so sick of O'Donnell, she refused to stay on the show if Rosie's contract was renewed.

O'Donnell Came Back to _The View_, Briefly

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In 2014, Barbrara Walters retired from The View and took on a role as executive producer. O'Donnell was once again brought on as a host, this time joining a slightly different cast. And this time, she had slightly different problems. O'Donnell blew up at her co-host, Nicolle Wallace, over her pro-George W. Bush stance backstage. When a similar outburt occured later, Wallace complained to Human Resources. O'Donnell explained her side of the incident to Setoodeh, saying, "Are you kidding me? I raised my voice. I was in my dressing room, getting my makeup done, and somebody comes and goes, ’Nicolle Wallace just went to HR…"

O'Donnell Did Some Good, Though

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During O'Donnell's first time on The View, she did have a positive impact on one co-host at least: At the time, Sherri Shepherd was signing on to co-host the series as well, and was having legal issues: Her marriage was falling apart, and she was seeking custody of her son. Her legal and travel fees had put her in debt, and the original salary ABC had offered her would not have been enough to relieve her of her monetary issues.

Shepherd Was Able to Get Out of Debt thanks to O'Donnell

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When Shepherd told O'Donnell about her problems, and revealed the salary ABC had proposed, O'Donnell divulged the salaries of all the other hosts on the View, and the two realized that Shepherd was, in fact, being underpaid. She used this information to gain a higher salary, and some other perks as well. Shepherd was able to afford an expensive apartment in New York City, and the team at ABC even gave her eigth first-class tickets to go visit her son in Los Angeles. So it looks like something positive did come out of O'Donnell's being on The View after all.

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