Babs v. bloggers

Barbara Walters tells he new costar and employee, Rosie O’Donnell, that she doesn’t like Rosie’s blog. Can you believe that? Here is a show in which the women are supposed to be genuine and open but Barbara doesn’t want them to be too much of either. As if we didn’t already know it was utterly phony. From a Newsweek interview:

One of O’Donnell’s goals on “The View” is not to be so bossy, to learn to ride the bus, rather than drive it. So far, the experiment has been … a failure. Take the show’s new commercials. “They wrote a skit about a bus. I was, like, ‘OK, can you let me write it? Give me a day’,” said Rosie. She got her promo, which ends with Walters’s telling the ladies, cleverly: “You’re all stars to me!” But Rosie thought the whole thing looked too grainy, and she immediately complained on her blog. “I saw the new view promos/found myself/in the position/I loathe the most/powerless.” That entry made the gossip pages, which didn’t please her boss. “I didn’t like the blog,” says Walters, who wants O’Donnell to stop posting, at least about the show. “I’m counting on Rosie’s intelligence and sensitivity and humor. This is, after all, an entertainment show. It is based on people who like each other and are having a good time, not on people who are arguing and unhappy.” A few minutes after Walters spoke to NEWSWEEK, she called back. She had just received an enormous bouquet of flowers. The card read: “Barbara, I only want the promos and the show to be great. And I love you. Love, Ro.”

Yes, even Rosie has problems blogging about the boss. But I say: You go, Ro.