Rosie Won't Gab on MSNBC

Money issues sink negotiations for prime-time cable gig
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 5:08 PM CST
Rosie O'Donnell arrives at the opening reception for her art exhibition "Solace" at The Gallery at New World Stages Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Talks between MSNBC and Rosie O'Donnell, the outspoken ex-host of ABC's "The View," about a potential prime-time talk show have broken down, the Los Angeles Times reports. The main point of contention was money, with O'Donnell demanding network-TV coin from the cable news station. O'Donnell confirmed that the deal was dead on her blog last night.

"msnbc one hour live following keith olbermann we were close to a deal almost done i let it slip," O'Donnell wrote—in a post entitled "the show that never was"—over a gig that would have aired weekdays at 9 p.m. EST after "Countdown With Keith Olbermann." The deal would have booted MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams' hour-long news show from that timeslot.