According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, fans of cinema were outraged when the television personality and talk show host, Rosie O’Donnell, intentionally spoiled the twist ending of the classic 1990s film starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Fight Club.
The cult film starring the two aforementioned actors hit its 20th anniversary this week. It was during the opening weekend of the film’s debut in October 1999 when Rosie talked badly about the movie in an episode of the Rosie O’Donnell Show on NBC.
The star was taken to task by some of her viewers for intentionally ruining the ending of the movie, which was a very original and exciting conclusion to a film at that time. One of Edward and Pitt’s co-stars, who famously chanted “His Name Is Robert Paulson,” during one scene, stated he was “infuriated” when she did that.
Reportedly, the actress saw an early screening of the movie and hated it so much that she took it upon herself to ruin it for everyone who wanted to watch it. The actress at the time explained the movie’s motifs of violence and anti-consumerism were dangerous.
Rosie purportedly chose to spoil the ending as a way of discouraging would-be movie-goers from seeing the movie. McCallany, who’s currently starring in Mindhunter alongside Jonathan Groff, stated that he met her once or twice, so there was no reason to hate her.
However, once he saw what she had done, it became increasingly difficult not to judge her. At that time, Rosie O’Donnell hosted her own series on NBC, Rosie O’Donnell Show, which ran for six seasons from 1996 until 2002.
During the height of her show’s popularity, Rosie would receive around 5 million viewers. Later on, Brad Pitt described O’Donnell’s decision to spoil the ending as “unforgivable.” Before the age of social media, the ability to spoil the ending of a movie like that was nearly impossible, however, because of Rosie’s large platform, it was a lot easier for her.
Regardless, since the movie’s release, it became an iconic film for its exploration of anti-consumerism and violence.