O'Donnell, MSNBC end talks


NEW YORK -- It's no go for Rosie.

A possible deal for a one-hour talk show hosted by Rosie O'Donnell collapsed late Wednesday, days after the onetime moderator on "The View" said over the weekend at a Miami book fair that she was talking to MSNBC.

O'Donnell's blog and other sources confirmed that plans for MSNBC to have her host a talk show at 9 p.m. weeknights fell apart following days of negotiations.

"We were close to a deal almost done," O'Donnell wrote on her blog late Wednesday under the name "Ro." Negotiations continued late into Wednesday, but it was clear by evening that there would be no deal and no show.

"My career as a pundit is over b4 it began," O'Donnell wrote.

O'Donnell seemed to blame herself for the collapse, saying that her letting it slip in Miami caused "panic."

A show starring O'Donnell would have given MSNBC a liberal counterpunch to the rest of cable news fare that includes CNN's "Larry King Live" and Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes." The channel, which has gotten some lift from "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" at 8 p.m., hasn't seen as much success with either "Scarborough Country" or a talk show hosted by former MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams.