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Donald Trump Calls Rosie O'Donnell's Next TV Show 'A Failure'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2010 2:27PM
donald_trump_close_up_scowlingDonald Trump is nothing if not consistent. He hates Rosie O'Donnell and he's ready to tell you how much he does every chance he gets. He's hated her since she appeared on 'The View' and criticized him for some nonsense about the Miss USA pageant. That led to a feud of epic proportions, media-wise, and he won't let it die.

This week when 'Extra' asked Trump about the proposed new Rosie O'Donnell syndicated show, he said, "She's a loser. Her other shows didn't do well, this one won't do well. Everything she touches is a failure, she's a failure."

Well, not exactly. Just because Donald Trump says it loudly and with lots of bluster, it doesn't make it true. Rosie's last daytime talk show was a monumental success. She won the Daytime Emmy five years in a row and retired from the program while it was second only to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in ratings.

Yes, O'Donnell's NBC variety show was a monumental flop, but she was the first to admit it. Try finding a quote when Trump has admitted to his flops, like being the key component in destroying the USFL, or filing for bankruptcy more than once or the slumping ratings that caused 'The Apprentice' to be shelved.

Trump is entitled to say whatever he wants about Rosie O'Donnell, but at least he should try to stick to the facts. She's not a loser. She's one of the most successful performers on television, and has a huge, loyal fan base. They bolstered the appeal for 'The View' when she was on that show and she'll probably get them to tune in whenever her new talk show commences.

If it runs or not depends on whether it's good or it stinks. 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' was a great daytime talk show. It brought back the kind of show that Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin had done. Interestingly, Trump feuded with Merv Griffin, too. ... Hmm, maybe he hates talk show hosts?

Anyway, calling Rosie's next show a failure before it's even aired just makes Trump look mean and vindictive which is probably just how he hopes to be perceived.

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