Forget the N-word
. If you really
want to see Elisabeth Hasselbeck cry, try uttering the R-word - especially in this next context.
Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that Hasselbeck's former View
nemesis, Rosie O'Donnell, is in active talks with NBC to return to television with her own weekly primetime
The news comes just as the Peacock is said to be courting exiting Tonight Show
host Jay Leno for a similar gig. It's possible O'Donnell's series would be a fallback in case Leno defects to ABC after his late-night reign ends next year (as many expect he will). NBC was unavailable for comment.
The possible NBC-O'Donnell hook-up is particularly ironic in light of the fact that less than a year ago the network's cable news arm, MSNBC, was close to giving the Koosh Ball-lovin' funny lady her own one-hour showcase. But when word of the discussions leaked out before the ink was dry, O'Donnell claimed the network "panicked" and the deal went south.
O'Donnell's rep declined to comment, but an insider with knowledge of the Peacock negotiations tells me that NBC isn't the only major network making a play for the ex-View
moderator. CBS is (or was) also said to be interested in giving the ratings magnet her own series, but at this point, NBC is said to have the upper hand.
My take: This is great news for O'Donnell, who's getting the biggest platform of her career, and NBC, which could certainly use some of her ratings mojo. The average viewer also makes out pretty good, because we'd (presumably) get O'Donnell doing what she does best: making us laugh.