O'Donnell's partner Kelli Carpenter gives birth to Vivienne Rose, who was conceived by artificial insemination with sperm from an anonymous donor. "It's miraculous," O'Donnell, who was in the delivery room, says of the experience. Being a stay-at-home mom to her older children, Parker, 7, Chelsea, 5, and Blake, 2, is a "great, great, great time," she adds.
San Francisco's new mayor Gavin Newsom allows City Hall to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples after President Bush announced that he would endorse a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. O'Donnell and Carpenter fly from New York to San Francisco on Feb. 26 to get married. "I think the actions of the president are, in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president," O'Donnell says to Diane Sawyer during an interview taped for Good Morning America. "I am stunned and I am horrified."
O'Donnell starts her own blog, "formerlyrosie," which she describes as, "The unedited rantings of a fat 42-year-old menopausal ex-talk show host married mother of four.'' O'Donnell tells the New York Times that blogging offers an outlet for her "too rough and raw" political views. The editor of media blog Gawker describes it as "some form of haiku or a terrible Faulkner imitation" but praises her for speaking "without the precautions of publicists.''
O'Donnell accepts a slew of new projects. She costars as a mentally disabled woman opposite Andie MacDowell in the TV movie Riding the Bus With My Sister and appears in Showtime's Queer as Folk. She also returns to Broadway as Golde in the musical Fiddler on the Roof with Harvey Fierstein.
O'Donnell replaces Meredith Viera on The View, and stirs up trouble and ratings with her liberal political views. She ignites on-air feuds with Kelly Ripa and Star Jones. Entertainment Weekly says: "Rosie's View snaps and crackles...The View does for daytime what The Daily Show does for nighttime. It reflects the pent-up frustrations, pleasures, and hostilities its audience has toward pop and political culture."
Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss USA pageant, gives title holder Tara Conner a ''second chance'' after raunchy pictures surface of her kissing Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, while partying and drinking underage. O'Donnell slams Trump on-air, saying: "He's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America. Donald, sit and spin, my friend." Trump fires back calling O'Donnell a "slob" and a "stone-cold loser." The feud continues for weeks, boosting the show's ratings.
O'Donnell announces that she is leaving The View in June. Although the outspoken host helped boost ratings by 15 percent, she was unable to agree on a contract with ABC, according to the AP. "This has been an amazing experience, and one I wouldn't have traded for the world," O'Donnell says in a statement. "To all the viewers out there, I just want to say 'thank you' for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year."
O'Donnell is named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for being "the TV host who loves a fight." Barbara Walters writes the article on O'Donnell in the magazine: "Her views aren't necessarily my views, but in her heart, she dearly hopes to be a force for good, a voice for people like her who are vulnerable and perhaps neglected. Her mother would be proud."
Days after an on-air blow-up with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, O'Donnell takes an early leave from The View. "We had hoped that Rosie would be with us until the end of her contract three weeks from now, but Rosie has informed us that she would like an early leave," Brian Frons, Disney-ABC's Daytime Television, says in a statement. "Therefore, we part ways, thank her for her tremendous contribution to The View and wish her well."
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