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Roseanne Barr Relives National Anthem Controversy on 'The Rosie Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 13th 2011 12:15AM
Roseanne Barr, 'The Rosie Show'Recently, Roseanne Barr found redemption of sorts when she sang the national anthem on her reality show, 'Roseanne's Nuts.' She talked about that experience, and her infamous 1990 rendition, which spurred a national controversy, on 'The Rosie Show' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on OWN).

Barr took us inside her mind doing those short moments that caused such a stir. "Well they started booing about three notes into it," she said. "You can't walk off the field when you're in the middle of the national anthem, so I knew I had to finish it. So I tried to make it funny."

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Gloria Estefan Brings Flan and a Very Unique Table to 'The Rosie Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 12th 2011 1:30AM
Gloria Estefan, 'The Rosie Show'Gloria Estefan stopped by 'The Rosie Show' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on OWN) with a special treat for Rosie O'Donnell. It was both a treat and a challenge. As much as Rosie admitted to loving the Cuban food available at Estefan's restaurants, that appreciation only goes so far.

"They have horrible, disgusting mucus-y flan," she said of the dessert. She clarified, though, that this was her opinion of flan in general.

So, to prove to O'Donnell that her flan was "just fine," Estefan brought a sample with her, served on the back of the man who runs Estefan's company. Even if she didn't like the flan, at least she could cite a one-in-a-million dining experience.

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Rosie O'Donnell Returns to TV -- and the Forecast Isn't Good

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 11th 2011 1:30PM

I hear Rosie O'Donnell has leagues of devoted fans, but I've never met one. I hope for Oprah Winfrey's sake that she asked her staff to produce evidence of these throngs of Rosie-lovers before she gave Rosie five live hours per week on her network.

Me, I never had very strong feelings about O'Donnell, at least not while she was enjoying her reign as the Queen of Nice. I admit I enjoyed the schadenfreude of her unmasking as not-that-nice, not-that-beloved and definitely not-that-into Tom Cruise, but the truth is I didn't pay her much attention. It was only in researching her recent history that I discovered just how many accusations of breach of contract and unprofessional behavior she leaves in her wake as she joins the OWN team.

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'The Rosie Show' Premieres With Russell Brand's Nude Protest (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 12:00AM
Russell Brand, 'The Rosie Show'Rosie O'Donnell is back and in prime time with her new live venture. 'The Rosie Show' (Mon., 7PM ET on OWN) welcomed comedian Russell Brand, who has recently been outed as Rosie's latest "crush."

He talked about his nude protest against capitalism that didn't work as well as he might have hoped. Brand wound up getting arrested for indecent exposure, which he also took issue with.

"It was actually just a very classical nude form on what I'd like to say was a very cold day," he said.

Final tally for Brand's protest? "Capitalism succeeded, my naked body failed."

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Larry David and Rosie O'Donnell Fight Over the Same Woman on 'Curb' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 22nd 2011 6:38AM
Rosie O'Donnell, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Bi-Sexual'Larry met a beautiful woman who seemed to genuinely be interested in him on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (Sun., 10PM ET on HBO), so we knew there had to be a catch. The catch turned out to be guest star Rosie O'Donnell. Apparently, the woman had given her number to both of them.

What followed was a competition between Larry and Rosie for this woman's time and affection; a competition Larry seemed to be winning almost from the opening moment. But it was the surprise arrival of Leon in New York, where he promptly makes himself at home in the place Larry's staying.

But Leon comes bearing little blue pills that make Larry a lion in the bed. It's an edge that extended onto the softball field as well, leading Rosie to suspect he was juicing. It was enough to give Larry the win over Rosie, but oddly enough the episode ended without Larry getting caught by Rosie.

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Susie Essman Says the Real Larry David Isn't Actually a Pain to Work With (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 2:10PM
Susie Essman talks about Larry David and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' on 'Today'Shockingly, the real-life Susie Essman said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that the real-life Larry David isn't nearly as much of a pain in the butt as his character on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' This, despite the fact that the show's annual renewal hinges on David deciding he wants to come back for another season. But Essman is willing to cut 'Curb's' creative genius a little slack on that front.

"You know what, he's really not [a pain]," said Essman. "He's the one that has to come up with these outlines and he's the one that has to do all the work, so he has to decide [to continue the show]." That puzzled Gifford. "How long could it take?" she said, citing a clip where David and Essman argue about dinner. "Larry walks in with a piece of bread and she's unhappy."

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Can Rosie O'Donnell Help Oprah Save Struggling OWN? (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 4:55PM
Oprah Winfrey's OWN network on 'The Insider'In her first week on the job at her OWN network, Oprah Winfrey discovered she was in for a much different experience than her 25-year tenure on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' In a note on her Facebook page, she wrote, "It's ten times harder than doing my daily show." 'The Insider' (weekdays, 7PM on CBS) reported on Winfrey's efforts to improve the network, including hiring Rosie O'Donnell to do her own show.

According to 'Insider,' OWN is the 63rd ranked cable network and Web site traffic has recently plunged by 50 percent. Winfrey is hoping O'Donnell's show, which shoots on Winfrey's old set, will give the network a boost when it debuts this fall. O'Donnell seems happy to be involved. "We did like a four-hour sort of sit down, what's going on, what do you think," she said. "At the end of it, she's like, what do you say we do this. I'm like, I'm in."

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After the Oprah-calypse: Who Can Fill Oprah's Seat?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 6th 2010 11:58PM


Rumor has it that Rosie O'Donnell is being set up as Oprah's replacement when the Daytime Queen retires from her eponymous show in 2011. At least that's how the industry gossips put it. The truth is that while Rosie is planning a talk show to launch when the Oprah set goes dark, it's being produced by a different company and will probably run on cable, not on ABC.

But who can resist speculating about who could replace Oprah Winfrey? Since Oprah announced that her show would be ending its 25-year run, a short list of possible candidates has included Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart, Sarah Palin, Tyra Banks and even Michelle Obama. But I think Oprah is irreplaceable. Sure, you could give another woman her time-slot, but in the world of daytime talk, time-slots are meaningless. You live or die on your own ability to capture the public imagination.

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After the Oprah-calypse: Who Can Fill Oprah's Seat?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 6th 2010 11:58PM


Rumor has it that Rosie O'Donnell is being set up as Oprah's replacement when the Daytime Queen retires from her eponymous show in 2011. At least that's how the industry gossips put it. The truth is that while Rosie is planning a talk show to launch when the Oprah set goes dark, it's being produced by a different company and will probably run on cable, not on ABC.

But who can resist speculating about who could replace Oprah Winfrey? Since Oprah announced that her show would be ending its 25-year run, a short list of possible candidates has included Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart, Sarah Palin, Tyra Banks and even Michelle Obama. But I think Oprah is irreplaceable. Sure, you could give another woman her time-slot, but in the world of daytime talk, time-slots are meaningless. You live or die on your own ability to capture the public imagination.

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Donald Trump Calls Rosie O'Donnell's Next TV Show 'A Failure'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2010 2:27PM
donald_trump_close_up_scowlingDonald Trump is nothing if not consistent. He hates Rosie O'Donnell and he's ready to tell you how much he does every chance he gets. He's hated her since she appeared on 'The View' and criticized him for some nonsense about the Miss USA pageant. That led to a feud of epic proportions, media-wise, and he won't let it die.

This week when 'Extra' asked Trump about the proposed new Rosie O'Donnell syndicated show, he said, "She's a loser. Her other shows didn't do well, this one won't do well. Everything she touches is a failure, she's a failure."

Well, not exactly. Just because Donald Trump says it loudly and with lots of bluster, it doesn't make it true. Rosie's last daytime talk show was a monumental success. She won the Daytime Emmy five years in a row and retired from the program while it was second only to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in ratings.

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Will Rosie Return to Daytime in Oprah's Place?

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 20th 2010 9:30AM
Rosie O'DonnellWith Oprah leaving the daytime talk show circuit, networks are scrambling to find someone to fill the gap. One possibility is a return of Rosie O'Donnell to the daytime talk-show circuit. For those who are unaware, Rosie had an Emmy-winning talk show for a little while and then had a controversial run on 'The View.'

While both are famous on the daytime circuit, this is not exactly an apples-for-apples exchange. Oprah is known for being sympathetic and humble, despite her billions. Rosie is big, blustery, confrontational and not afraid to give her opinion. She's a bit like the Howard Stern of daytime talk-show hosts.

On the other hand, that could just be what the industry needs. If they tried to get an Oprah clone, people would criticize that the networks weren't imaginative. On the other hand, if Rosie got Donald Trump as a guest, it would be a ratings bonanza.

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Rosie O'Donnell Blames Jay Leno, Loves Howard Stern (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:45AM
Rosie O'Donnell dropped by 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on CBS) and discussed NBC's late-night shakeup, as well as her relationship with shock jock Howard Stern, with whom she's had a long-running feud dating back a decade.

"I just felt it was a crappy thing to do," O'Donnell said of Jay Leno's role in NBC's after-hours programming debacle. "Conan had been working 17 years for that company, and then Jay was told five years ago that it was his turn to give up the driver's seat. That is not his bus. That's a 60-year bus that's been driving around the country ... and ... when they say, 'Hey, you're done,' you give the keys back and you say, 'Thank you.' You don't flatten the tires of the guy who comes next."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Rosie O'Donnell Compares Tiger Woods to Michael Jackson (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 26th 2010 5:00PM
Rosie O'Donnell compares Tiger Woods to Michael Jackson on GMAIs Tiger Woods like Michael Jackson? He is if you're Rosie O'Donnell.

During an interview on 'Good Morning America,' O'Donnell compared the two superstars, saying that she feels sorry for what Woods is going through with his sex scandal, and is probably one of the only women who does.

"I think that everybody has demons, and sexuality in this country is kind of seen in a paradigm that is unrealistic," she said. "It's a difficult thing to be the most famous guy in the world and the most famous golfer." Agree or disagree?

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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Rosie Discusses Leaving 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 26th 2010 11:20AM
Rosie O'Donnell appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' and discussed the events leading to her departure from 'The View' in 2007.

O'Donnell said the infamous argument between she and Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the Iraq war resulted from Hasselbeck's refusal to defend her against allegations she was un-American. "I just felt like it was a betrayal of my friendship, and what you saw there was my hurt feelings," O'Donnell said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Rosie O'Donnell on 'Glee,' 'Family,' Team Coco and Love

by Michael Maloney, posted Jan 26th 2010 9:30AM
Rosie O'Donnell may not be voicing her opinions on 'The View' anymore, but she's still letting America know how she feels.

The outspoken and philanthropic Daytime Emmy-winner's next project is the HBO special 'A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration,' set to air Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. The documentary's goal is to heighten America's understanding of nontraditional families.

AOL was on the scene at the recent TV Critics Association's winter press tour when O'Donnell shared her thoughts on her HBO show, the pros and cons of TV versus radio and possibly guest-starring on 'Glee.'

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