We’d say it’s a tough time for Rosie O’Donell, but then isn’t it always? Lady can’t seem to get it together. It’s been eons since the whole world saw behind the Tom-Cruise-lovin’, Queen-of-Nice curtain. And what we saw wasn’t pretty. She had one of the most awkward on-air interactions with Tom Selleck, claimed liars get cancer, went to war with Donald Trump, and walked off The View after bumping heads with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Then she tried her hand at a talk show on Oprah’s OWN, which tanked, and went back to The View…and walked off again.
Home life at the O’Donnells’ doesn’t seem like a picnic, either. There was the break up of her longtime relationship, marriage, divorce, and mega-drama with her adopted daughter, who chose to fly the coop and live with her birth mother.
The latest chapter in this shit-show comes in the form of a lawsuit launched at Rosie by Jennifer Shepard-Brookman, a producer at The View, who claims Rosie got her fired for leaking info to the media about the show.
This all stems from Rosie’s return to The View in 2014. There were whispers that Rosie was upset that she wasn’t restored to her old moderator seat, which went to Whoopi upon her departure. This made them mortal enemies. Rosie accused Jennifer and Whoopi of working together to steal a story from her about the beheading of journalist James Foley.
“At that time, Ms. O’Donnell intimidated Ms. Brookman by screaming that she ‘owned’ the story and was upset that Ms. Goldberg covered the story, and by grabbing the arms of the chair in which Ms. Brookman was sitting, leaning very close to her face and prohibiting her from leaving,” the lawsuit claims.
Rosie later accused Jennifer of leaking info to the press about her, which the suit says was “solely motivated by personal spite and ill will. To be clear, Ms. Brookman denies that she ever leaked any such information about the show to the media.”
This whole situation led the producer to “suffer intense emotional distress, anxiety and lack of sleep, destroyed her professional reputation, and led to her termination of employment.”
Jennifer is seeking unspecified damages for slander.
Rosie’s response to the suit went like this: “The allegations that have been made by Jennifer Brookman against Rosie O’Donnell are baseless and Ms. O’Donnell will defend herself vigorously in court.”