Rosie O'Donnell quit her TV show three weeks before her contract expired in a big hoopla following a fight with her "The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. This entire year of Rosie O'Donnell's reign on the morning talk show has certainly boosted the fame of the otherwise obscure program, but it has been a roller coaster ride that should leave ABC and Barbara Walters red with embarrassment. If the entertainment industry was run like a real business, ratings and sponsorships would evaporate.....but Hollywood is not like business....it has its own set of rules.
Rosie has gone from being a very funny stand up comedienne/actress (lets not forget she began her career by winning on Ed McMahon's "Star Search" in the 1980's) to becoming an icon for what happens to celebrities who get too much money and too much fame and start to believe their own opinions as God-like....feeling a need to use their fame as a comic or actor to now shower the "little people" with their enlightened views. OH PLEASE!
Money, power and fame have the ability to give some people an un-natural level of self grandiose importance (this happens in the business world as well!!!). Regardless of your political and social beliefs, (this is not about Rosie's status as a left-wing spokesperson) I do not thing that anyone should to look at pampered Hollywood stars as the experts on any topic beyond the entertainment industry....and yet, in America....that is exactly what happens. Our society makes to the likes of Rosie O'Donnell, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, etc... important. The reality is that when celebrities get to this level, they are confusing their market (are they an entertainer or a political pundit?). In business if you confuse the marketplace, often the business fails. Not true in Tinseltown, you can be whatever you want to be in Fantasyland.
The problem is that if Rosie, and others like her, acted with grace and class they could not keep their famous stature at the top. There is always someone right behind them grabbing for the headlines and spotlights. In business there is also competition, but you keep your customers by being amazing at what you do...not by being pompous and spewing your words upon the masses. But we need to remember that the actions of many of these folks is just marketing for their careers. Rosie will find another show, and get paid a lot of money to say more outrageous stuff.
Being a diva is all about product placement for Ms. O'Donnell. She is her own product, and our lust to watch celebrity brings her millions of dollars. But in the corporate world, such negative crazy antics will backfire on a company. Being over the top might get an early bounce, but people vote with their dollars in business, and to succeed you need to have a quality product or service that brings actual value. Companies cannot succeed by hoping people will tune in to see them behave like a train wreck.
As a business professional, you would be fired, or asked to leave, if you behaved like Rosie O'Donnell. And it looks like that is what happened to her as well. Hmmmm, go figure.
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