Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Rosie O'Donnell

I really love Rosie O'Donnell. I've liked her ever since she had her own talk show. I'm not one to watch TV much during the afternoon hours, but I'd catch it when I can. Then when she joined The View I actually started taping it (yes VHS, no TiVo here). I'd watch the episode from the day before as I got dressed each morning.

Rosie did a terrific job holding her own against Donald Trump. That whole thing was a huge fiasco. It started here with Rosie just being Rosie:

And this was the result:

Here was Rosie's response:

More from Donald:

and more:

and finally Barbara Walters chimed in:

Rosie stayed composed through the whole thing and Donald lost it. I have to throw this one in. It's off topic, but I saw it on SNL live when it showed, and it's hysterical, and Donald Trump deserves it:

Anyhow, back to the fact that I love her, and I was really sad to hear the announcement that she was not going to be returning to The View. She was a real asset and brought attention to the war when others would not. Also I felt that the format of having Elisabeth the Bush cult-member, and Rosie debating, was a great way to show the reality of what is happening out there compared to the crap GW is dishing out.

It was sad for me to watch her slowly lose her composure over the last few weeks. And I am very sad that she has left the show. I actually had the argument with Elisabeth on tape and was flabbergasted to watch it. Check it out for yourself.

I read Rosie's book Find Me. It's a fabulous book and made me fall in love with her even more. It's a terrific read whether you are a fan or not. The story she tells is definitely worth reading. And it let me in on why she was really leaving the show. As much as many of us love her and what and who she represents, she really is just a person hiding behind a mask.

Perhaps that's why I love her so much. She's me on national television: a fat woman with a big heart who grew up in New York and keeps sticking her foot in her mouth.

As I read the book I kept folding corners of pages over to return to. Who would've thought that Rosie O'Donnell would have quotes worth remembering?

Two of my favorites:

"There are things that happen in your own life that you'll never resolve; you just keep shaping and reshaping them like a sculptor."

"Fat is a protector; anyone can tell you that. I didn't like being 'thin'. I felt like people could come too close."

The book is full of them. It's so easy to see why people love her. And why so many keep in touch.