Rosie O’Donnell’s return to The View might knock out the show’s longstanding executive producer Bill Geddie, as a source close to the evolving roundtable says that “it’s no secret that they hate each other,” to the point that they probably cannot coexist in a work environment.
“Everyone at ABC’s heads are spinning that the network is even talking to her,” sources tell the NY Daily News’ Confidenti@l, referencing the 52-year-old comic’s fiery political argument with Elisabeth Hasselbeck during her last show in May 2007.
ABC higher-ups "couldn’t have hated her more when she left,” the source said. “You dump Geddie and you pick up Rosie and ABC execs need to have their heads examined.”
A separate insider clarified that “if they really want Rosie, they’re gonna cave on Geddie.”
A network rep told the paper, “Bill is the executive producer and is under contract with ABC, and we have no reason to believe he won’t be returning next season.”
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As we previously reported, Hasselbeck Wednesday also expressed skepticism publicly on the hire, inferring that O’Donnell began ingratiating herself into the fold during Barbara Walters’ televised swan song.
"She seemed to have a lot of control for Barbara's farewell show … it was Rosie O'Donnell's ‘Hello show,' in my opinion."