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5 Signs Rosie O'Donnell Is Making a Comeback

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 17th 2009 5:22PM
After being in the closet her entire show business career, Rosie O'Donnell seemed to think she had something to prove after coming out. The Queen of Nice, who wooed daytime audiences by blushing about Tom Cruise, got angry and political. She blindsided Tom Selleck about gun control during his appearance on her show and called herself a "d*ke" at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit. She looked mean.

Her fans were scared. Her career faltered. 'The View' hired her to stir up controversy, but she stirred too hard.

Two years later, after her two ugly departures from daytime TV, it seems Rosie has gained some kind of peace and is focused on entertaining audiences again. Is it going to last? Why should we care? Here are five reasons we think the Rosie we used to know may finally be back to stay.After being in the closet her entire show business career, Rosie O'Donnell seemed to think she had something to prove after coming out. The Queen of Nice, who wooed daytime audiences by blushing about Tom Cruise, got angry and political. She blindsided Tom Selleck about gun control during his appearance on her show and called herself a "d*ke" at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit. She looked mean.

Her fans were scared. Her career faltered. 'The View' hired her to stir up controversy, but she stirred too hard.

Two years later, after her two ugly departures from daytime TV, it seems Rosie has gained some kind of peace and is focused on entertaining audiences again. Is it going to last? Why should we care? Here are five reasons we think the Rosie we used to know may finally be back to stay.

1. She gave Larry David a hilarious smackdown on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
For six previous seasons, misanthrope Larry David has deserved a smackdown. Nothing too violent, just a small pummeling to remind him that he's not the center of the universe. This is the perfect job for Rosie. She deserves a fight after restraining herself from punching Elisabeth Hasselbeck for a full season. While arguing over a lunch tab, Rosie throws Larry to the floor. He disputes the win, but gives her a rematch when he angers two disabled women at a party. It is Rosie's funniest and most fitting performance since playing the lesbian mom on 'Will & Grace.'

2. She killed on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
Like a junior high schooler posing for a class photo, Jimmy Fallon is still in that awkward stage of 'Late Night.' While NBC hopes he outgrows it like Conan O'Brien did, for the time being guests have to do the heavy lifting. Rosie proved the ideal guest, showing she still has comedy chops despite the host's stumbling banter. The mother of four shocked audiences by dropping a few "F" and "S" bombs and slammed Glenn Beck without sounding preachy. She likened the conservation pundit to a drug-starved carnival barker. (See? She can still make us laugh.)

3. We dig her new Sirius XM Radio Show
Fans of 'The Howard Stern Show' were shocked when long-feuding enemies Rosie and Howard Stern put down their weapons and she appeared on the show in February. Howard fanatics who notoriously hassled her in public now appreciate her frank storytelling. Her appearances on his show led to Sirius XM's offering her a show. Only a couple weeks old, 'Rosie Radio' has already impressed listeners with the loose format of personal anecdotes and political satire. On the third show, she even invited a carpenter on-air who had been hammering next door the two previous days.

4. Heads up, ladies: She's single
Proving nothing is off-limits these days, Rosie recently confessed that her long-time relationship with Kelli Carpenter has been over for two years. That makes her the most eligible gay woman in Hollywood. Although she claims to have a rule against dating celebrities, she also told Howard Stern that she and Angelina Jolie almost dated but Rosie "was a little afraid of her. She's scary in a sexual kind of way." It will be interesting to see whom she'll date next. We'd like to suggest a date with Jane Lynch from 'Glee.'

5. We were touched by her tribute to Bea Arthur
After the passing of 'Golden Girl' Bea Arthur, Arthur's celebrity friends staged a tribute for her in September. Rosie was asked to speak. A couple years ago, this would have been a dicey call. She likely would have used the opportunity to get up on her soapbox about feminism and gay rights, and spoken more about herself than Arthur. However, proving the angry Rosie is gone, she kept it light with a funny story of her drunkenly singing the theme song to 'Maude' when she met Arthur by chance in an Upper West Side cabaret.

What do you think? Has Angry Rosie left the building, and Nice Rosie taken her place?

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