Of course, despite those antics, O’Donnell didn’t get any of the grief that Don Imus did, an odd double-standard to say the least.
In recent weeks she’s lent credence to the certifiably insane “9/11 Truthers,” claiming that “This was the first time in history that fire melted steel,” a statement that shocked and dismayed metallurgists the world over.
She’d also continually attacked Christianity, once claiming that, "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America"
She also had a running public feud with the equally feisty Donald Trump and sand-bagged Kelly Ripa for alleged “homophobia,” right after she herself had raised the ire of Asians with her “Ching-chong” remarks.
Barbara Walters said "This is not my doing or my choice."
But Walters was often left to clean up Rosie’s messes and often had to make clear that, “"I would like to point out that Rosie's view is not always mine," and after the latest flap, added "I would like to say for the record that I am very fond of Rupert Murdoch."
One reason many feel this was a “firing” and not an amicable resignation is that the timing of the announcement doesn't particularly suit O'Donnell’s plans to remain in daytime television. Her contract won’t allow her to introduce a new program to the syndication market until September 2008.
It’s an irony that in the post-Imus world, the first casualty is yet another Liberal – Rosie O’Donnell.