Rosie O'Donnell Dishes on Sealing Her TV Deal with Oprah Winfrey
By ETonline Staff
After a nine-year absence, Rosie O'Donnell is heading back to daytime television with her new show on Oprah's network and the comedienne had a one-one-one with ET's Nancy O'Dell detailing Rosie's relationship with her new boss.
Rosie first had the idea to start a new talk show after Oprah announced the end of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the launch of her OWN network. Seeing an opportunity for partnership, Rosie had her agent make several inquiries to OWN about starting a show there, but didn't get a response from Lady O until she was close to signing a deal somewhere else.
After a "four-hour sit down," Oprah and Rosie came to an agreement about doing "The Rosie Show," which debuts October 10.
Although the two TV veterans were obviously familiar with each other's work, they weren't as familiar with each other.
"This is the first time we've gotten to sort of get to know each other," Rosie confessed. "And I'm finally over the severe panic attack that happens every time I see Winfrey on my caller ID."
Since the new project shoots at Harpo studios in Chicago, the same space where "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped for almost 25 years, Rosie and her four children will have to make some major adjustments. Rosie plans to do a lot of commuting as she won't be uprooting all of her kids to the Midwest.