ACCESS EXCLUSIVE: Rosie Speaks About 'View's' New Balance Of Power

LOS ANGELES (August 20, 2006) ? Rosie O?Donnell clarified to Access Hollywood what she meant when she wrote on her blog last Thursday that she ?loathed? feeling ?powerless? after seeing the new promos for the upcoming season of ?The View,? and then blogged today about her exchange with Access producer Bryant Huddleston in regards to what it would?ve been like to ?go at it? with Star Jones, had the former co-host stayed with the show.

?It?s about the emotional journey that I?m going through ? that?s what the blog is about — just my feelings,? Rosie told Access at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles on Saturday night when asked about her August 17th blog post that read:

?i saw the new view promos and found myself in the position i loathe most powerless?

?I used to sort of be the star and the boss and in control and now I?m part of an ensemble,? she continued. ?And to learn to work with a team and to learn to, you know, move myself in a different manner ? it?s gonna be interesting and definitely a life lesson and I?m definitely looking forward to it.?

Access then asked Rosie if she was happy Star Jones Reynolds was gone from ?The View.?

?I wouldn?t have been interested in fighting everyday to tell you the truth, you know? But to me it will be a better show,? O?Donnell responded.

On Sunday she wrote on her Blog:

?access hollywoodasked if i was happystar was goneb4 i could reply he added- i would have loved 2 c u 2 go at itsmiling

it would not have been fun for mefighting everydaylife is 2 short?

Access also spoke with Rosie about being on the show with conservative Elisabeth Hasselback and whether or not ?The View? would change this year.

?I remember her as the teenage kid on ?Survivor? who got all the way to the end, and she?s one of the few people who made it out of that world of reality TV and into some sort of established career in the TV industry,? O?Donnell told Access. ?And you know, I married into a very Republican Southern family and my in laws (sic) have all the same beliefs as Elisabeth. So I?ve sat through ten years of Thanksgiving dinners and no one died so I think we’ll make it through the first year of ?The View.??

And will this season of ?The View? be any different?

?The same feel,? Rosie says. ?It?s a Barbara Walters show — you know it was her idea? she?s the best of the best in journalism. This is what she put together — four women, four different points of views — and let?s see what happens.?

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