O'Donnell Quits Rosie
Rosie O'Donnell's eponymous magazine will cease publication at the end of the year as the actress and former talk show host quit the publication citing a deteriorating relationship with Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing, according to a Wall Street Journal Online report.
O'Donnell and Gruner + Jahr have been fighting over the editorial content of Rosie since mid-summer. O'Donnell has accused the publisher of gradually taking control of the magazine, which, she states, is in violation of their contract. O'Donnell told reporters at a news conference that she won't be associated with the Rosie if it did not represent her properly.
"I'm sorry to have to tell my readers and my staff that my involvement in the magazine is ending, but my integrity and name are at stake, and that price is too high," O'Donnell said. "I cannot have my name on a magazine if I cannot be assured that it will represent my vision and ideas."
Both sides have hired lawyers, though no suits have been filed, the Journal reports. In a company memo sent to employees, Gruner + Jahr places blame on O'Donnell for the difficulties between she and the publisher.
"Gruner + Jahr USA is caught in the maelstrom of Rosie O'Donnell apparently abandoning her past," wrote Cindy Spengler, Gruner + Jahr's chief marketing officer, in the memo. "She has walked away from her television show, her brand, her public personality, her civility -- and now her fans, the advertising community, her business partner and her contractual responsibilities."
O'Donnell first became disenchanted with the publisher when it replaced founding editor Cathy Cavender with former People magazine editor Susan Toepfer in June. O'Donnell also wanted the magazine to reflect some of her own concerns such as gun control, while executives of the magazine wanted to gear Rosie to a more mainstream audience. The publisher is considering its options for the magazine's existing infrastructure, but nothing has been finalized.