Rosie O'Donnell, 2002 News

beleaguered celebrity, ended her acrimonious relationship in September with Gruner & Jahr USA, the company that copublished Rosie. “I cannot have my name on a magazine if I cannot be assured that it will represent my vision and ideas,” she said. Gruner & Jahr countered that O'Donnell used the magazine to promote her own agenda and filed a breach of contract lawsuit against her in October. The company is seeking damages in excess of $100 million. The magazine, formerly McCall's, debuted in early 2001 and will shut down after the publication of the December issue. O'Donnell stepped down as host of her Emmy Award–winning eponymous talk show at the end of the 2002 season.

2002 People in the News