New Rosie O’Donnell talk show for Oprah network
Initially it looked like Rosie was going to replace Oprah with a new daytime talk show, but instead she'll be on her network.
Back in March it was announced that Rosie O’Donnell would be returning to TV, strategically at the same time Oprah was exiting (September). Since then, Winfrey’s syndicated spots have largely been gobbled up, either by local newcasts or Dr. Oz.
Now it is revealed that Rosie’s new show will actually be on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, which launches next year.
Her new talk show will be a daily one-hour show based in New York.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “I’m excited to be back on daytime television.”
Winfrey was equally complimentary: “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.”
From 1996 to 2002, O’Donnell hosted talk show The Rosie O’Donnell Show, for which she earned six Daytime Emmys. But it was on The View, which she joined in 2006, where she frequently made headlines notably in spats with Elizabeth Hasslebeck and Donald Trump.
OWN will debut in January 1st on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel.