O'Donnell has helped raise the ratings for the daytime chat show invented by Barbara Walters. But her outspokenness has caused almost constant controversy, including a nasty name-calling feud with Donald Trump.
But O'Donnell may have broken the proverbial camel's back this week when she used the F-word and grabbed her crotch when she emceed a gala awards presentation in New York.
The event was the Matrix Awards honoring New York's prominent women in the media, held Monday afternoon at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria.
After the show Beth Ellen Keyes, managing director of the group sponsoring the affair, N.Y. Women in Communications, said in an e-mail: "Rosie was fabulous."
Not everyone would agree. According to the New York Post's Page Six column, Barbara Walters "lowered her head on the dais and covered her face with her hand" when Rosie dropped the F-bomb.
O'Donnell ended a rant about Donald Trump by grabbing her crotch and shouting, "Eat me!"
One attendee told the Post:
"I cringed and dove under the table when she said, 'Eat me.'"
She also called Trump an "old, bald billionaire" and made a crude reference to his private parts.
"I was offended by how vulgar and common O'Donnell was," said Robert Zimmerman, a Democratic activist. "It was especially inappropriate with young people present."
Attendees include 17 high school girls who won scholarship to pursue careers in the media.
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Talk Show America 4/26/2007