ROSIE O’DONNELL snubbed her boss Oprah Winfrey’s advice on how to improve her talk show, and when she got canned, she told the powerful media mogul to drop dead! Adding to Oprah’s ire, insiders say an abrasive Rosie turned Oprah’s once-peaceful production office into the studio from hell by cursing and screaming at her staff.
“Oprah gave Rosie every possible chance to turn things around before she gave her the ax,” a source told The ENQUIRER. “AND Rosie didn’t take her firing lightly. She went off on Oprah and told her to ‘Drop dead!’ ”
“The Rosie Show” launched on Oprah’s OWN network to much fanfare and about 500,000 viewers in October. The audience had plummeted to around 230,000 viewers when Oprah pulled the plug in mid-March. But before that insiders say Oprah reached out to Rosie, 50, with some advice on how to improve the show, which was taped at Oprah’s Harpo studios in Chicago.
Oprah told Rosie her big mistake was making the show more about herself. She suggested she talk less about herself and let the guests open up more, the source revealed. “Rosie refused to listen,” said the source. “It was her way or the highway, and Oprah couldn’t get through to her. Rosie thought she knew it all.”
Even worse was Rosie’s nasty behind-the-scenes behavior, said the source. “Rosie cursed, screamed and berated her staff all the time. No one escaped her wrath,” said the source.
Well too bad for Rosie, cuz she’s the one that’s unemployed now…not Oprah.More On Bossip!