Friday, July 11, 2014
Bitter, Party of One
The View has always been an interesting social experiment. Barbara Walters has constantly maintained 'everyone gets along' even when it was clear they did not. Walters is a TV legend, yet it is a good thing she left the show. She out and out lied constantly the past few years about her many things, especially her co-hosts and their employment status with the show.
The View, like all tv, is about money, and obviously Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were not making any. Shepherd never really bothered me that much, I disagreed with her most of the time, but she was at least earnest in her ignorance. McCarthy however was all 'show', making up stories and exaggerating things about her life whenever she thought it would benefit the hot topics, and of course herself. I won't miss her.
Rosie O'Donnell was who drew me to the show in the first place, and I am happy she is returning. O'Donnell is polarizing I know, most love her or hate her... I am on the love side. I love her faults, her mistakes and her emotionally driven decisions. Over the years on FH I have also defended Elisabeth Hasselbeck on occasion. I rarely agreed with her, but I liked her at times. On The View she was sometimes the most supportive panelist of gay rights and gay marriage. Not sure if that is how she really felt, or if it was for show, but despite her reputation, she said the right things. I take it all back however after this week. Like or hate O'Donnell, Hasselbeck's comments this week were nothing more than hate filled bitterness. Dangerous even.
O'Donnell always supported the troops, just not the war. Hasselbeck was never able to understand that distinction. Bringing it up, and her warped slant proved what everyone else was saying all these years was accurate. She belongs on FOX. I never watch it, I never see it and except for O'Donnell's successful return this week, would never had heard her. She jumped back from her vacation just in time to make herself relevant again, something she has not been since she and Rosie were on The View together so many years ago. My guess is that without Rosie, Hasselbeck would have been canned from the show much sooner than she was... and that FOX would not have been interested at all if not for the venom O'Donnell brought out of her. She should be thanking her, not putting her at risk.