Oprah Winfrey Network Taps Rosie O’Donnell for Daytime Talk Show

Aug 6, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Rosie O’Donnell will be returning to television with her own daytime talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.

The move comes about after O’Donnell had been talked about as a replacement on broadcast television for Winfrey’s time slot after she ends her show, the story says. But television stations pitched on the idea by veteran television executives Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin didn’t warm to the idea.

"She had become something of a lightning rod. Her outspoken personality and political stances on ‘The View’ ended up overwhelming the image she’d cultivated as ‘the queen of nice’ on her old talk show," the article says. Instead, she’ll be creating an hourlong daytime show for OWN, which debuts in January. The show will be produced by O’Donnell and will be based in New York, the story says.

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