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Rosie will probably leave The View, says FOX writer

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 10th 2007 12:19PM
Rosie O'DonnellFOX News TV writer Roger Friedman is reporting today that Rosie O'Donnell will probably leave The View when her one-year contract is up. The reason? Backstage tension, of course.

Friedman cites the it-just-won't-die flap with Donald Trump as one of the last straws in what has become a conflict with the show's matriarch, Barbara Walters. It seems like Walters is playing the two combatants against each other, according to Friedman, and Rosie is surprised that Barbara isn't being more supportive. Hence, once the "school year" is over in June, she'll take her ball and go home.

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Hayes didn't quit South Park, says Fox News reporter

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 20th 2006 8:38PM
Isaac HayesRoger Friedman of Fox News finds it hard to believe Isaac Hayes quit South Park because he was offended by its episode making fun of Scientology. In this article, he provides a few pieces of evidence: a snippet from an Onion A.V. Club interview where Hayes glibly talks about the episode, saying he didn't mind, and the fact that Friedman himself saw Hayes play "Salty Chocolate Balls" during a concert that happened after the episode aired.

Then he drops a mini-bombshell: Hayes was not in the hospital for exhaustion in January; in fact, he suffered a mild stroke from which he is still recovering. Friedman speculates that Hayes is too busy recovering to worry about South Park right now, and that the press release stating he was quitting was done without his permission. Maybe a missive from Scientology Central? I'm pretty sure we'll find out soon enough.

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