Rosie O'Donnell Cancels Diane Sawyer Interview

Rosie O'Donnell Cancels Diane Sawyer Interview
Rosie O'Donnell
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09/24/2007 AT 07:00 AM EDT

Rosie O'Donnell really is going to let her upcoming memoir, Celebrity Detox, speak for itself.

After first choosing Diane Sawyer over Oprah Winfrey as the TV interviewer to help promote her book, the former co-host on The View has now withdrawn from her Oct. 9 and 10 bookings with Sawyer on ABC's Good Morning America.

"The book is a very personal snapshot of a certain time in Rosie's life, and she felt she bared her soul on those pages," O'Donnell's spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, told the New York Post, which reported the interview's cancellation in its Page Six column.

"She feels people should read the book and take away from it what they will. She does not want to do any interviews," Berger added.

According to TMZ, GMA producers are disappointed with the decision. "We were looking forward to having Rosie as a guest on the program," they were quoted as saying.

The book, which speaks critically about View veteran Barbara Walters and details O'Donnell's own childhood demons, "was hard to write," O'Donnell, 45, revealed on her Web site last week. "i do not feel ready to discuss or defend the things i shared on those 209 pages."

On Sunday night, in the "Ask Ro" section of her Web site, O'Donnell responded to a fan named Deanna, who wrote regarding the axed GMA gig: "no book signings, no interviews, no jahero … this sucks ro. Why?" ("JaHeRo" was the nickname for the video blogs O'Donnell posted on her site while she was appearing on The View).

Replied Rosie:
yes book signings
and perhaps jahero

The book, which had been hovering around the No. 10 spot on the Amazon.com sales rankings, was No. 25 as of Monday morning.



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