It looks like Rosie O'Donnell will be pulling double duty for Oprah's OWN Network. According to Deadline.com, O'Donnell, who has an upcoming talk show on the cable channel, will play host to a set of specials selected from the network's Documentary Film Club. The hosting gig will kick off with Becoming Chaz, starring Chaz Bono. READ MORE
Former The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell underwent biopsies to remove a lump on each breast and is waiting for the results. In a touching blog post at Rosie.com, O’Donnell recounts the experience in her usual poetic form.
wednesday i had an mri
instead of a mammogram
the doctor at the image facility
told me of many false positives
from breast MRIs
but with a family history …
She then shares more about the experience of having the MRI before giving us the doctor's report.
The Mighty O let it be known at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference that the word "bitch" will not be allowed on her network, OWN. Entertainment Weekly reports:
The Oprah Winfrey Network will be “fun and entertaining without tearing people down and calling them bitches,” Oprah said at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference yesterday. “Imagine that. Imagine."
Now on one hand, this is a symbolic way to bring attention to a worthy issue, i.e. that rampant sexism still exists in our society and by issuing a silence policy on this word for an entire network, Oprah Winfrey is actually placing that issue front and center. On the other hand, it's a savvy PR move since it will undoubtedly get people talking—as they already are—and therefore draw more attention to her new network. One also wonders if this had anything to do with Joy Behar . I'm sure The View ladies will be discussing it.
The following questions came to mind though when I heard this news: READ MORE
Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years. She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.
O'Donnell's last stint on daytime tv was back in 2007 when she served as moderator for the ABC chatfest The View, replacing Meredith Vieira. O'Donnell said,
It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network. I’m excited to be back on daytime television.
O'Donnell's foray back into daytime is slated for 2011.
Rosie O'Donnell is planning a return to daytime and has landed a syndication deal to make it possible. She is looking to fill the gap that will be left by Oprah in 2011, according Showbiz 411. Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, broadcast network stations may be gun-shy at airing the talk show.
Secondly, the ABC stations carried "Rosie" and, while initially very happy with it and with O'Donnell's "queen of nice" persona, grew increasingly uncomfortable towards the end of the show's run as it became more controversial and political.
The fact that O'Donnell is doing the show outside of the studio system indicates her intention to stay true to herself, which could mean more of the strong political views and attacking style that got her in hot water on the syndicated show and on "The View."
Rosie O'Donnell honored Queen Latifah at this year's Rosie's Broadway Extravaganza, a benefit for Rosie's Broadway Kids at the Double Tree Hotel in New York City. Featuring performances by Shoshana Bean, Nikki Blonsky, Melinda Doolittle, Montego Glover and Norm Lewis, the benefit brought out stars such as daytime favorite Linda Dano, comedian Judy Gold and Chita Rivera. See more photos from the event after the jump.