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Rosie O'Donnell returns to television with new show on Oprah's OWN channel

08/05/2010 by Kristina Lopez

Rosie O'Donnell returns to television with new show on Oprah's OWN channel Oprah Winfrey announced on Thursday that former talk show rival Rosie O'Donnell will be returning to television with her own daytime talk show on Winfrey's OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network according to the Associated Press.

Winfrey called O'Donnell in a statement, "a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does. O'Donnell will produce the show, which will be one-hour daily show based in New York.

Im excited to be back on daytime television," O'Donnell said in a statement and called it "an honor and a privilege" to work with Winfrey.

From 1996 to 2002, O'Donnell hosted her own daytime talk show The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which earned her six Daytime Emmys for outstanding talk show host. She later had a controversial run on the The Viewin 2006 when she replaced Meredith Viera and often butted heads with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

It was reported in late July that Sarah Ferguson, the former Duchess of York, may receive her own show on Oprah Winfrey's soon-to-be-launched OWN network.

"We have had initial conversations with Sarah Ferguson about a docu-series, not a talk show, but there is nothing to announce at this time," an OWN spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement on July 26.

Winfrey herself is set to host an evening show called "Oprah's Next Chapter", which would follow her travels around the world and is set to debut next year on her OWN cable network. She had announced in November that The Oprah Winfrey Show will end on Sept. 9, 2011 after 25 years.

The OWN network, a joint venture between her firm Harpo Inc. and Discovery, is set to launch on Jan. 1, 2011 on what is now the Discovery Health cable channel.

OWN is also producing five original two-hour documentaries with Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemingway, a network statement said on Monday, adding that the films will be presented as part of OWNS monthly documentary film club. Topics range from mothers to homelessness to the pursuit of happiness to life inside an Angola prison.

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