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    There were rumors back when she had her daytime talk show that she was a taskmaster with her staff. I don't find it hard to believe at all. Having met celebs and known people who worked in the business who told me stories that would curl your hair, the majority of celebrities have public and private personas.

    I watch her new show when I remember that it's on and I do enjoy it.

    There are some celebrities who have an image of being really nice people and, if I found out they were jerks, I'd be disappointed and couldn't enjoy their work as much. It wouldn't surprise me to find that Rosie isn't a nice person IRL - or at least to her staff - but it doesn't affect my enjoyment of her show.

    The only people who know for sure what kind of boss Rosie is would be the people who worked for her.
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    I just watched her interview with Kathy Griffin online and really enjoyed it. Is that the new format, just her and her guest talking with no audience? If so, I think it works really well. I used to love the old shows like that with Dick Cavett or Tom Snyder (or did Dick Cavett have an audience? I forget).
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    Re: The Rosie Show

    Rosie demand to move show to NYC last straw?

    By MICHAEL STARR

    Last Updated: 11:53 AM, March 9, 2012

    Rosie O’Donnell’s TV history is repeating itself — and, as in the past, it’s getting ugly.

    O’Donnell’s talk show, “The Rosie Show,” is imploding just five months after launching on Oprah Winfrey’s little-watched OWN cable network.

    Not only is “The Rosie Show” a ratings disaster — it averaged just 150,000 viewers last week — but O’Donnell is selling her $2.5 million mansion in Chicago, where the show tapes, and reportedly wants to move the production to New York. That would leave producer Harpo with empty, expensive, unused studio space it might not want to surrender so easily.
    “She’s doing a show in Chicago,” O’Donnell’s rep told The Chicago Tribune when asked about the sale of Rosie’s house.

    Adding fuel to the fire are reports in the Chicago media that “The Rosie Show” is plagued by a lack of focus, a cranky, erratic, disinterested host and a backstage power struggle between Team Rosie and Winfrey loyalists who worked on the now-defunct “Oprah” and are at odds with O’Donnell.

    It now seems that what’s worked for O’Donnell in the past isn’t working anymore.

    Always controversial, she generated solid ratings on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and ratings spiked when she joined “The View” in 2006 for one stormy season, clashing repeatedly with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and turning the morning show into appointment television.

    O’Donnell pledged to tone it down when Winfrey hired her as the friendly face of OWN — and as a lead-in for Winfrey’s showcase, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which is also flailing — but whatever feel-good vibes were there in the beginning have apparently evaporated along with O’Donnell’s numbers.

    After a decent first week in the ratings, “The Rosie Show” has trended steadily downward (it’s averaged 234,000 viewers through Feb. 27, according to Nielsen data).

    O’Donnell’s attempts to shake things up — shifting from a variety format to one-on-one interviews, and moving from the hallowed “Oprah” studio to a smaller, adjacent space sans audience — haven’t worked so far.

    (O’Donnell, by the way, is under contract through 2013.)

    And a Chicago Tribune report published Wednesday indicates the problems run deeper than poor ratings.

    The report cites “trust” as one issue. For instance, O’Donnell didn’t tell her own producers that she wants to move the show to New York. They learned of her intentions only when she was talking to a guest during a commercial break, according to the report — which also noted that O’Donnell has hired an LA-based booker to help lure big-name guests to her Chicago studio.

    The report also states that staffers have been left in the dark concerning format changes and the direction of the show — and that up to 30 people lost their jobs when the show changed its format in January.

    “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on rumor and speculation,” Harpo said in a statement.

    Read more: Rosie O'Donnell's talk show 'The Rosie Show' is imploding after launching on OWN - NYPOST.com
    Rosie O'Donnell's talk show 'The Rosie Show' is imploding after launching on OWN - NYPOST.com
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    Toldja there were problems between her and staff! Sorry, now and then I love to say I told you so, especially when people jump in and disagree so vehemently, as if what I said was ridiculous.
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    I think the Post is still a gossip paper. I'm not sure how true it is, but based on what I've seen with Rosie since the she went to OWN, I'm not too concerned. I'm sure Oprah will take care of matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysVeg View Post
    Toldja there were problems between her and staff! Sorry, now and then I love to say I told you so, especially when people jump in and disagree so vehemently, as if what I said was ridiculous.
    When I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Mia culpa. But it makes me so sad because I like Rosie so much, and I'm enjoying her daily program SO MUCH, that it is unbearable to me, to think that there might be trouble in paradise.
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    I think that Rosie has proven that she doesn't do well answering to a boss. She clearly used to, or her first daytime show would not have been as successful as it was. But it seems like as Rosie achieved such great success, she figured out what worked for her, and doesn't want to answer to anyone else's way to get work done. Since Oprah seems to be showing that starting up your own network is not always a great idea, it seems like Rosie would be better off reaching an audience via podcast, or some forum like that where she can express herself to an audience, but not have to answer to a boss.

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    Rosie has never been easy to work for. Talk of this began on her first show. A friend of mine's daughter worked for her on her first show (a few months) and confirmed this. It doesn't matter to me. If she puts out a good product I will watch it. I like her; we all have faults.

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    Re: The Rosie Show

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoepie View Post
    Rosie has never been easy to work for. Talk of this began on her first show. A friend of mine's daughter worked for her on her first show (a few months) and confirmed this. It doesn't matter to me. If she puts out a good product I will watch it. I like her; we all have faults.
    I agree, Shoepie. Barbra Streisand was always reported to be virtually impossible to work for, yet Barbra is brilliant and talented beyond belief! There are many people who are both hard to work for and at the same time, very compelling performers. I was (and still am) surprised that Rosie is hard to work for because she seems to be so lovable with her staff --- but if it's true, it's true. But I still adore her and and absolutely love her show.

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    Very true point about Rosie not being the only tough person in entertainment to work for. The problem for Rosie when it comes to The View or her show on OWN is that she's not just someone people are working for. She's also working for someone else. She had a hard time living by Barbara Walter's rules, and appears to be having a hard time living by Oprah's rules. That's why I think she needs to have an outlet for her creativity where she doesn't have to answer to a boss.

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