This Week: It's Showtime

Rosie O'Donnell, Heather Mills and Regis Philbin.
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It was lights, camera and action this week as stars made news with news shows, departures and returns to shows.

Daytime television certainly won't be as lively without Rosie O'Donnell at the helm of "The View." This week the vocal co-host announced that contract negotiations with ABC had stalled and she will leave in June.

It marked the end of a roller-coaster season filled with feuds on set and off, including a 10-round fight with Donald Trump. He immediately told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that he predicted this: "Rosie is very, very self-destructive. As you know because, on your show, I said she will self-destruct. And that's exactly what happened."


Photos: Rosie O'Donnell
Actors and filmmakers flooded New York this week to kick off the 6th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. The focus on Wednesday was on Mother Earth — nine short films about global warming opened the fest. Former Vice President Al Gore, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and Tom Brokaw were among those rubbing elbows on the red carpet with festival's creator Robert De Niro.

Photos: Tribeca Opens
Fellow New Yorker Regis Philbin got a standing ovation as he walked back on to the "Live With Regis And Kelly" stage Thursday. He took a leave of absence for heart bypass surgery in March.

"Frankly, I don't know what I would do without this morning show," he told the audience. "It's exactly what I devised for myself selfishly back in 1961. ... But now it's a part of my life."

Another Wednesday usually means another man down on "American Idol," but not this week. In the spirit of the charity benefit that aired on Wednesday's show, no one was booted from the talent competition. Instead, the remaining six contestants watched Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood sing, and Celine Dion perform a duet with a computer-generated Elvis Presley. Fox later announced Thursday that "Idol Gives Back" had raised $60 million for children around the globe.

Last week's booted contestant, Sanjaya Malakar, took his show on the road with a full-on media blitz. The 17-year-old's cross country tour began in Washington, D.C., where he attended the annual White House correspondents' dinner as a guest of People magazine. He then trekked to New York for appearances on "Today," "The Early Show," "Late Show With David Letterman" and Nickelodeon studios, where he got doused in green slime. Then it was off to Los Angeles for the "Idol" benefit.


Photos: Sanjaya Malakar
But in another reality show, it was curtains for Heather Mills, the soon-to-be-ex-wife of Beatle Paul McCartney. Cast off "Dancing With The Stars" on Thursday, Mills said she saw it coming. "We knew we were going out," she told the audience. "We were in the bottom two last week. We're not surprised."

Embattled actor Alec Baldwin took to "The View" stage this week to set the record straight about the phone message heard around the world.

The "30 Rock" star said his harsh comments to his daughter in a voice mail left last week were meant for his ex-wife, Kim Basinger, with whom he's in a bitter custody battle, The Associated Press reported.

"I took it out on the wrong person because I'm unable, under the current dynamic, to address the other person," he said.

Baldwin also said the incident prompted him to ask NBC to let him out of his "30 Rock" contract, which they have reportedly declined to do.