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The new View review

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 5th 2006 12:20PM

Rosie O'DonnellWith Katie Couric starting tonight, I had forgotten that another new day was dawning on another longrunning show, The View. Rosie O'Donnell started today.

Now, I admit I'm not the demographic for this show (I don't get excited over new room colors, and I have a penis), but I have to ask: is it always this inane? The intro had what was coming up on the show (Jessica Simpson, Rosie, a new set, Rosie, and Rosie), and the audience was going nuts. Bonkers. Like, Price Is Right bonkers. Then the girls came out like they always do, except the last person out this time wasn't Meredith Vieira but Rosie O'Donnell. Barbara Walters led her out by the hand (you know, to remind every single person in America "I got Rosie on this show!"). Then Rosie did that Rosie thing she always did on her own talk show, the smile through gritted teeth with the arms extended. This look is second only to Rosie's other facial expression, puckering her lips so her face looks thinner.

So they all sit down, and the first thing I notice is, Barbara Walters has shrunken about 9 inches. Seriously, what's going on there? Is there something in Rosie's contract that says she has to be several inches above Barbara, some power thing? Barbara's no longer in her old seat on the right, she's in Star's seat. And already I hate myself for examing this show like it's some ancient religious text.

Elisabeth has new hair. It's, um, shorter. The audience goes crazy over the new set color. It's, um, blue.

On the "Topics of the Day," the topics are Rosie's blog, Andre Agassi, and Steve Irwin. Barbara has no idea what a blog is, and wants to know if you get it on the computer via Word Perfect. No, Barbara, everyone knows that you access blogs via PaintShop Pro.

They all loved Andre's farewell speech, which confuses me because I thought it was a little overdone, and I'm a huge tennis fan. But they all agree that Steve Irwin's death was horrifying. But they'd totally show the video if they had it.

Barbara asks Rosie if she's going to give away anything, like she used to do on her own show. Rosie says she only has a little plastic cruise ship toy that she's going to give to everyone in the audience. And before you can say "Strategic cross promotion," Rosie gives everyone in the audience a cruise! The audience goes Oprah-crazy. Four studio interns are killed.

Most of the show consists of Simpson singing and "what's Rosie been up to" (starting a family, that nasty magazine lawsuit, her Broadway flop, being gay, her blog, a haircut that almost destroyed America, etc).

The new View, by the numbers:

Number of songs sung by guest Jessica Simpson: 1
Number of songs sung by guest Jessica Simpson that were terrible: 1
Number of times Rosie referred to Simpson's dad as a brainiac: 1
Number of tampon jokes made by Rosie: 2
Number of overindulgent montages of what Rosie has been up to in the past 4 years: 1 very long one
Number of incredibly odd statements by Rosie: oh, a couple, but the one that stands out, about her last talk show: "I think I had unrealistic expectations of what a TV star was capable of achieving in the world today." Huh?

I think Rosie and Barbara have the TV exchange of the week though. After Joy made fun of Rosie's impression of her kid, Rosie said "And you thought I was going to have trouble with Elisabeth." After a pause, Barbara said "Don't worry, you will." Not exactly a veiled reference to Elisabeth's conservative views. I have to admit, I laughed at that exchange.

This new View is still a team effort, but one that is already Rosie-centric. She controls the group like Vieira once did, and even greeted Simpson after her song alone, like she did on her old talk show. Should be interesting to see how this new lineup turns out. And by interesting, I mean I'm probably not going to watch the show again, but you should enjoy it.

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Sheila

The American Family Association's letter writing campaign protesting Rosie and her offensive remarks and sickening "view" is still alive and well. Go to http://www.afa.net/Petitions/Issuedetail.asp?id=214
to join the campaign.

In the meantime, letters are also being written to the companies that are featured in commercials, as well as companies who sponsor segments or participate in the "freebies" (it's amazing how some people can be "bought" with so little!) on The View. If ABC is allowing this type of insanity to exist, then it is only because of the revenue...which is why we are now going after their pockets!

To all of you Rosie lovers (and Hitler supporters), this will be the last season for The View. Enjoy "The Final View" while you can!


October 05 2006 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marthe

I love Rosie. The View gets better everyday and is not boring to me. The conversation is thought provoking and if your feelings are stirred up, then the producers should be happy. The more you complain - the more publicity it gets. Every person on this planet has a different VIEW. Peace

September 26 2006 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elaine

I have a lot of respect for Meredith Viera.
I also really like Elizabeth H and Joy B.
I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THE VIEW WITH ROSIE O'DONNELL.
Now that I have heard about her comment about "radical
Christians" I will do everything in my power to
spread the boycott against the show.
TV has turned into crap.

September 20 2006 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marthe

Well it appears this website is into Rosie bashing. Then change the channel and tune in to Ellen (oops, too gay for yu), ok then watch Martha (oops, shes a felon), Just who do you like? Who passes your standards for daytime t.v.? Ok then just watch craft shows. Daytime talk shows are not for you. There are hundreds of other enjoyable programs you can watch. Lower your blood pressure, enjoy the day. I do agree that the dog licking a baby bottom is gross, so Rosie needs to zip it, when it involves personal preferences. The women on the View need to set limits on potty humor. Too much of it on t.v. 24/7, its just not funny or shocking. The dirty joke is not worth the laugh of losing an audience. I want to see smart, stylish women with manners and bring back Rosie the Queen of Nice, and intelligent politically correct Barbara.

September 15 2006 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sheila

Nancy, you are so right. I somehow missed Rosie's comment about Christians, I guess I was too busy writing my letter of complaint to the FCC. Nevertheless, the American Family Association did not miss Rosie's statement when she said that there is no difference between the radical Muslims who kill in the nane of Allah and Bible-believing Christians. The AFA is now mounting a letter writing campaign to get a public apology. If you are interested in sending a letter or getting more information, you can log on to http://www.afa.net/Petitions/Issuedetail.asp?id=214

I thought the dog comment was bad, now I am absolutely convinced that Rosie's "view" is twisted, morally corrupt and needs to be stopped before her poison spreads any further! Those of you who don't think there is anything wrong with Rosie's "view" probably didn't believe there was anything wrong with Hitler!

September 15 2006 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Theresa

I am very disapointed with Rosie on the view. The show is all about her now and her gay lifestyle. She is loud, overbearing and not a good choice.

September 14 2006 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marthe

I've watched the View everyday since Rosie's been on and it has certainly been a roller coaster ride. FUN!
The View is meant to bring gal-pals together to give their opinions, laugh and relate to the audience. Kind of like getting invited by your neighbor to her basket party and talking/meeting women from the neighborhood. THINK OF THE VIEW AS A GET-TOGETHER WHERE THERE IS LAUGHTER, GOSSIP AND YES WE EACH HAVE OUR OWN 0PINION (VIEW) ON THINGS! I am sure you all have at least one neighbor that is annoying, gossipy, or whatever you dislike about her. But yet, you still say hi wouldn't think of not inviting her to the block party! SO LONG LIVE THE BLOCK PARTY (The View) WITH Rosie, Eliz, Barbs, and Joy!!

September 14 2006 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Franz

I never watch the view, as the women are too liberal for me and I don't enjoy their comments. I am very disappointed at Barbara Walters pick. There are so many better women that could have made the show more enjoyable. Rosie's comment about the Christians made me sick. I heard about it on the news and couldn't believe she would say such a thing. I will never watch that show as long as she is on it! That's for sure!

September 14 2006 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susan brown

I quit watching Rosie"s show because after a few months she thought she was right about everything. Now, another show I liked has put her on and again no one is right but her. She is obnoxious and won't let anyone else speak. I always liked The View because they were all light-hearted, not too serious and seemed to have fun. I won't be watching it anymore!!

September 13 2006 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tamara Radetzky

I am not a fan of Rosie's. She is loud and overbearing. There were many better choices to choose from for a new co-host. I adore Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I love the way she stands up for herself and doesn't let anyone intimadate her, especially Rosie. Joy is fun to watch. I will not be tuning into the View anymore.
Thank you for the opportunity to post my comment.

September 13 2006 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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