I think Howard may put himself in a no win situation with Rosie. If the ratings continue to drop at a large rate, he will get a good share of the blame. If the ratings rebound, Rosie is a big enough name that she will get the credit for the rebound, not Howard.
Howard would be better off with C-List talent that if the ratings rebound, he can spin it that it was the Olympics that killed the ratings last year and if the ratings continue to tank that they didn't get an adequet replacement for Sharon.
The network must have a secret deathwish for the show. Am ugly old dried up no brained, no talent, bigmouth cocksucker and an ugly old dried up no brained, no talent, bigmouth muff muncher without half an ounce of talent between them are supposed to judge the talent potential of others. PUH-LEEEZE!
If it did happen, the only good thing would be to see the unmerciful ragging and ripping and photoshops and to watch the bad ratings get even worse. At least we could get a few good sadistic laughs.
Friends are a lot like trees, they fall down when you hit them multiple times with an axe.