*After an eight-year run hosting her own syndicated talk show and one tumultuous season at “The View,” Rosie O’Donnell will return to daytime television next year courtesy of her longtime mentor, Oprah Winfrey.
It was announced last night that the outspoken personality will host a talk show on the forthcoming Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Fans, according to the network press release, “can anticipate a fun, uplifting show with Ms. O’Donnell’s playful and energetic style.”
“Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years,” said Winfrey in a statement. “She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.”
The program, produced by O’Donnell, was brought to OWN by longtime Warner Bros. syndication veterans Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin, now of SantaBu LLC Inc. The one-hour daily program will be based in New York.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network,” said Rosie O’Donnell. “I’m excited to be back on daytime television.”
The announcement was made by the network’s Chief Executive Officer, Christina Norman, who added “We are thrilled to have her be a part of OWN.”
One of the most successful talk show hosts of the past 15 years, Rosie O’Donnell earned six consecutive Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host during her years on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” In 2006, she replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host and moderator of “The View,” resulting in a 27 percent ratings increase and, during her time on the program, it was the fourth most-watched in all of daytime for women 18-49. However, the rocky season included a nasty feud with Donald Trump and an on-air blow-up with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck that caused Rosie to leave the show.
Today, she can be heard on Sirius XM Radio’s “Rosie Radio,” a daily two-hour show featuring O’Donnell discussing the day’s news and events.