2007_06_arts_2rosie.jpgRosie O'Donnell made an appearance at BEA this past weekend, though her involvement with the expo was toned down significantly after The View fued. Variety reports:

Rosie O'Donnell was rushed in and out of a scheduled appearance at book confab BookExpo America this weekend even as fellow celebs like Stephen Colbert brought a touch of Hollywood glitz to the annual lit gathering.

Insiders said that O'Donnell decided at the last-minute to overhaul plans for her first scheduled appearance since she left "The View" last week.

What was slated as a full-on hosting gig for a Sunday breakfast with authors like Alice Sebold, whose bestseller "The Lovely Bones" will be brought to the bigscreen by Peter Jackson, turned into a carefully choreographed booking. O'Donnell spoke briefly about her upcoming memoir "Celebrity Detox" and quickly left before a scheduled Q&A.

She did have time to liken fame to using crystal meth, however, and also joked that her next career step would be "auditioning for The Apprentice." But what is O'Donnell to do now that she's View-less? Promote her book of course. Which apparently has nothing to do with her involvement with Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour (this also isn't the first time she'd be on tour with Cyndi, the above picture is of her and Ms. Lauper performing on an Alaskan cruise). Joining her for True Colors will be Erasure, Debbie Harry, The Dresden Dolls, The Gossip and The Misshapes, with host Margaret Cho, all to support the Human Rights Campaign.

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