OWN Staffers Dish On Working With Rosie O’Donnell

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that ‘The Rosie O’Donnell Show’ on the OWN network has been cancelled after six months of low ratings. Now that the show is over, staff are dishing on what it was like behind the scenes with Rosie O’Donnell.

“It was such a f**king h***hole,” says one former staffer. Another staffer: “O’Donnell uncontrollably yelled at a publicist backstage because she didn’t like the parameters agreed upon for an interview.” Several staffers were upset when “O’Donnell clashed with Oprah Winfrey’s longtime director Joe Terry. People thought she humiliated him when she scolded him in front of a live audience for using the wrong camera shots, suggesting he didn’t know what he was doing. She fired Winfrey’s stage manager because she felt like he was ignoring her and not doing his job properly.”

Rosie reportedly even clashed with the bandleader when the bandleader couldn’t play Broadway tunes at request on the air. The two-time Emmy-award winning bandleader said:

“I’m not upset that I don’t know Into the Woods by heart. A little heads-up would have been nice.”

And then, staffers reportedly felt it was a final insult that Rosie herself did not tell the staff about the show’s cancellation: she was in New York when the announcement was made. On one hand, I have to wonder if Rosie is getting a lot of flack because she’s a strong-willed woman. On the other hand, it seems like she should work on how she interacts with people.

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  1. Sari says

    I am still confused as to why Oprah hired her. Rosie treating her staff mean, not confused and not surprised.

  2. YAYI says

    By now we all knew that everything Rosie touches turns to sh*t. Oprah was nice enough to give her a break but she allowed the arrogance and ignorance get the best of her. I don’t see how anyone else would take a risk by giving her a job. She’ll regret it in the long run. Sad.