Thursday, September 19, 2002
New York Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell abruptly quit her namesake magazine Wednesday, citing a deteriorating relationship with the magazine's publisher, Gruner + Jahr.
O'Donnell said Gruner + Jahr had been gradually taking control away from her in violation of their contract, and it was no longer feasible for the magazine to continue. The last issue will be in December.
"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 at a news conference. "I cannot have my name on a magazine if I cannot be assured that it will represent my vision and ideas."
No lawsuits have been filed, but both sides have hired lawyers, and in a memo sent to employees, Gruner + Jahr indicated it blames O'Donnell.
"It is truly shocking and disappointing that Rosie would walk away from her obligations to her staff, her business partner and her magazine audience. In doing so, she destroys the value of the business we created and violates the conditions of our binding contract," the memo said.
The magazine debuted in April 2001, as part of a partnership to revive struggling McCall's magazine.
O'Donnell won six Daytime Emmy in six years as best talk show host, but she ended "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" in May saying was leaving to raise a family and do other things.