Rosie O'Donnell Wanted To Replace Julie Chen On 'The Talk', But Why Did She Change Her Mind?

May 20, 2019

There were rumors that The View alum Rosie O’Donnell had been interested in replacing Julie Chen as the host. The show’s panel could have been much different if Rosie had her way following Julie’s departure.

Julie quits The Talk

Julie Chen announced she was quitting CBS' The Talk to stand by her husband, Les Moonves. This came after he stepped down from the position of CBS President following several sexual harassment allegations by women.

The co-host revealed her decision to step down and spend time with her husband and son.

Why she changed her mind

Following the departure of The Talk co-host Julie Chen, comedian Rosie O'Donnell was actually considering a role on the rival show.

In an interview with Access, the author of Ladies Who Punch, Ramin Setoodeh, said he sent the talk show host a DM on Twitter after Julie’s departure, and Rosie indicated interested in the seat. He said:

She went out and tried it. She was open to moving to Los Angeles at the time. 'She's now said that she doesn't want to move, but she was interested in doing the show. But ultimately, Rosie decided against it. 'I think money was an issue. 'Rosie O'Donnell isn't cheap.'

Rosie appeared on The View alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, and Abby Huntsman.

Where did she go

The Rosie O'Donnell Show was described as one of the highest rated daytime TV shows of all time with five Daytime Emmys for the best talk show.

The TV show was still growing in popularity when Rosie walked away to focus on her charity work and family life. The talk show host came out as gay after a dramatic makeover.

Though she left at the peak, the series was remembered fondly, but Rosie was sadly unable to maintain her momentum after the exit. This is coming after feuds with other co-hosts and staff of The View, her health, divorce, and other issues she struggled with.

Rosie’s recent ventures into television have not been widely successful but her best chance for a great comeback would likely kickstart her stand-up comedy career again.

Share your thoughts on Rosie O'Donnell replacing Julie Chen on The Talk.