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Rosie O'Donnell underwent 'crazy check' by Oprah Winfrey, report says

10/01/2010 by Corinne Heller

Rosie O'Donnell appears in an undated 2010 photo. (Photo courtesy of AP) Oprah Winfrey says she carried out a "crazy check" on Rosie O'Donnell in June to make sure she could handle a daytime talk show on her new OWN cable network, which is set to launch next year.

"Rosie said, 'I know you're here to assess how crazy I am,' Winfrey told Fortune magazine about O'Donnell. "I said, 'Basically, yes. I'm doing a crazy check.' What I found is that she is so generous as a mother."

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. O'Donnell, who has often been deemed abrasive, butted heads with Elizabeth Hasselbeck when she co-hosted The View in 2006. She left the show a year later.

Winfrey said that she told O'Donnell: "'If you have an issue that's causing a problem, speak to me, woman to woman, so that it doesn't become a worldwide issue.'"

O'Donnell's new hour-long show was announced in August. It is set to be produced in New York.

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 the 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.

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