Rosie O'Donnell Confirms Her New Daytime Talk Show: [ send to a friend ]
Eight years after quitting her talk show, and two years after her 'The View' exit, O'Donnell confirms she will be returning to daytime TV in fall 2011.
O'Donnell, who has won six Daytime Emmys, says she's planning an 'uplifting' new television talk show that sounds like it's aimed squarely at the audience Oprah Winfrey will leave behind when her show ends around the same time.
"I would like this show to make a difference in people's lives, to be real, uplifting, authentic and focus on life, love and laughter," says the 48-year-old, who has come to be known for her polarizing opinions over the last few years.
"It's gonna be a lot different because I'm a lot older, you know. I've grown a lot and I think that it's time. It will be a single topic, hour-long show about life. There will be no desk and no celebrities promoting movies, but may be a few giveaways."
"In many ways I am more equipped and prepared to do this show than my last one. I've evolved and grown and learned a lot about myself over the last eight years."
"A lot of companies have asked in the few years that I've been gone, since 2002," she says. "Now all my kids are in school and I've got my days free, and with Oprah leaving there's a huge void in daytime."
O'Donnell said she wanted to "build on what Oprah began and excelled at for 25 years, in my own style and with new adaptations and ideas."