ABC unable to admit they fired Rosie O'Donnell
The actual headline was "Exclusive: O'Donnell Leaving 'The View'" and the opening paragraph explains:
ABC has been unable to come to a contractual agreement with "The View" co-host. As a result, her duties on the show will come to an end mid-June.In my opinion, she was basically fired without the network having the gumption to admit it. This allows ABC to get rid of this problematic, angry, bigoted person without offending the leftist segment of their audience which would be bothered by her outright dismissal. If she was contributing to the shows popularity and making money for ABC then they would have found a way to retain her services.
The president of daytime programming for the Disney-ABC Television Group, Brian Frons, told ABCNEWS.com, "Going in we knew we would have an amazing year with her, and that anything beyond that would be gravy. But we were willing to take the chance because we understood what a coup it was to entice Ro back to daytime television. So here we are a year later, and while we've tried to come to terms on a deal that would extend her co-hosting duties on 'The View,' we find ourselves unable to agree on some key elements."
Who'd a thunk it? Donald Trump has the same opinion. She was fired and ABC is putting a happy face on it.