While things are always heated when it comes to The View, especially where Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell are concerned, the latter’s most recent on-air rant about rumors Rosie Perez was suddenly axed from the show definitely took the proverbial biscuit.
Despite the Variety report last night which broke the news, O’Donnell wasn’t having any of it, and said as much in her own unique style.
“No matter what you read anywhere, Rosie Perez is also coming back after she is done rehearsing her play … regardless of what you hear in other shows or read in magazines as I did last night at 11:40. What the f***?”
An insider who works at ABC told the Daily Mail that something just had to be done to breathe new life into the show.
“Everyone is in a panic here and something had to be done. The executive producer had to make a serious change to breath new life into the show. Perez was the ‘to go.'”
Even though, amazingly, The View is in its eighteenth season, it is allegedly suffering some of its lowest ratings ever with the Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez team.
On top of that, Rosie Perez was sort of an afterthought, as she was a last minute addition to the show, after new co-host Nicolle Wallace and former reality show cast member October Gonzalez had landed the spots once occupied by Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.
The source explains as follows.
“Once the producers started doing test shows and chemistry tests, they realized October just wasn’t going to cut it. Good looks and girl-next-door charm alone wasn’t going to carry her at the Hot Topics table.”
Rosie Perez even admitted during a fall edition of the Wendy Williams show that she knew she was a last minute addition to The View.
“They approached me two weeks before and I only had a day to decide.”
Being that Perez was an afterthought, for a show with existing problems and low ratings, she may not be too upset that she was fired and certainly not as upset as her namesake, Rosie O’Donnell.