No winner in Rosie case, judge says. Neither O'Donnell nor her former publisher will get damages

By Brian Hiatt
Updated November 11, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Rosie O'Donnell
Credit: Rosie O'Donnell: Mark Mainz/Getty Images/NewsCom

Rosie O’Donnell’s magazine, Rosie, died a natural death, according to the judge in the legal dispute over its demise. Soon after both sides rested on Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman said that neither O’Donnell nor her publisher, Gruner + Jahr, deserve to pay damages for the magazine’s collapse, according to the Associated Press.

Both O’Donnell and the publisher lost money from the magazine, the judge said, adding, ”It seems to me… we’re just dealing with bragging rights here.” His comments essentially mean that neither side won the case, which saw both sides suing each other for breach of contract. It included ugly allegations of O’Donnell insulting a cancer survivor (”liars get cancer,” she allegedly said), and of G+J manipulating the magazine’s financial results.

The judge said that the magazine, which published its last issue in December 2002, would never have been successful. ”There’s no evidence that the magazine would have made any money at all,” he told the court, according to AP. ”I have no vengeance toward the company,” O’Donnell told reporters after the ruling. ”I’m simply happy about the fact that it is finally over.” She also said she would never talk about G+J again.