A longtime producer of The View who claims she was fired for confronting liberal host Rosie O’Donnell is now suing the comedian, saying that she made her fear for her safety.
Former senior producer Jennifer Shepard-Brookman was fired from the ABC talk show in February after being, “profoundly and publicly disrespectful” to O’Donnell. According to Daily Mail, Shepard-Brookman was initially suspended for the incident, but was later fired despite her eight years on the show.
On Thursday, the veteran producer filed a lawsuit against O’Donnell in Manhattan Supreme Court claiming that she was, “scared of Rosie and thought she was going to be assaulted.”
The lawsuit describes a September 2014 incident in which Shepard-Brookman was reduced to tears after O’Donnell became angry at her when she shifted coverage of the ISIS beheading of US journalist James Foley to co-host Whoopi Goldberg. The producer says that O’Donnell got up in her face and shouted at her. Nicole Jacoby, O’Donnell’s attorney, calls the accusations “baseless.”
The incident that led to Shepard-Brookman being fired was described to the press by an unnamed source earlier this year.
“During a production meeting, Jennifer began mumbling behind Rosie, who told her, ‘If you have something to say, say it to my face!’ So Jennifer did — she laced into Rosie, and there was a shouting match,” the source said.
Not long after the fight, O’Donnell announced that she was leaving The View for the second time.
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