Exclusive: NBC Primetime Looking Rosie (O'Donnell)

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Forget the N-word. If you really want to see Elisabeth Hasselbeck cry,
try uttering the R-word — especially in this next context.

Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that Hasselbeck’s former View
nemesis, Rosie O’Donnell, is in active talks with NBC to return to
television with her own weekly primetime variety show.

The news comes just as the Peacock is said to be courting exiting
Tonight Show host Jay Leno for a similar gig. It’s possible O’Donnell’s
series would be a fallback in case Leno defects to ABC after his
late-night reign ends next year (as many expect he will). NBC was unavailable for comment.

The possible NBC-O’Donnell hook-up is particularly ironic in light of
the fact that less than a year ago the network’s cable news arm, MSNBC,
was close to giving the Koosh Ball-lovin’ funny lady her own one-hour
showcase. But when word of the discussions leaked out before the ink
was dry, O’Donnell claimed the network “panicked” and the deal went
south.

O’Donnell’s rep declined to comment, but an insider with knowledge of
the Peacock negotiations tells me that NBC isn’t the only major network
making a play for the ex-View moderator. CBS is (or was) also said to
be interested in giving the ratings magnet her own series, but at this
point, NBC is said to have the upper hand.

My take: This is great news for O’Donnell, who’s getting the biggest
platform of her career, and NBC, which could certainly use some of her
ratings mojo. The average viewer also makes out pretty good, because
we’d (presumably) get O’Donnell doing what she does best: making us laugh.

Agree/disagree? Sound off below!


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  • Matt

    Ugh, I really didn’t want to be seeing her on my TV again. She can be funny, but sooner or later she ALWAYS becomes annoying about something. It’s a certainty.

  • Freddie

    I was just thinking the other day (after seeing her kicking butt and taking names on Million-Dollar Password) that I missed seeing Rosie on TV.
    Clearly, not everyone’s a fan. But I am.

  • John

    I will follow Rosie wherever she may go! Although I wish the show with MSNBC worked out.
    Hey does anyone know where that picture above is from?? It looks like she’s on this season’s The View set!! Did I miss her return to The View??

  • Mario

    matt, you ignorant C.unt… if you don’t want to see her on TV, then change the channel.. it’s that simple, you idiot.
    Unless of course you’re of the right wing variety, in which case it makes sense that you’d want your values, morals and ideals pushed on everyone else while you refuse to follow your own guidelines… typical.

  • Josh

    Jeez, Mario. How ’bout you take it down a notch or two? Is Matt’s (pretty vaild) complaint worth the c-bomb? And your second sentence is the reason liberals are just as stereotyped as conservatives.
    That being said, good for Rosie. I don’t like her and won’t watch the show, but there are plenty of people out there who like her particular brand of craziness.

  • fab

    Love Rosie…I’m happy that she gets her own show…I don’t understand why she thought that she would fit in the view…of why the view thought shw could fit in their show???She cleary need her own show and she can pull it off! Of course my favorite tv show host are Helen and Ferguson…i don’t think She can doe better that that of be funnier than them!

  • fab

    Love Rosie…I’m happy that she gets her own show…I don’t understand why she thought that she would fit in the view…of why the view thought shw could fit in their show???She cleary need her own show and she can pull it off! Of course my favorite tv show host are Helen and Ferguson…i don’t think She can doe better that that of be funnier than them!

  • Elaine

    I miss the Rosie show, she had the best connection with celebs, so I will be happy to have her back.

  • Mario

    Josh, how about you stop sticking your nose in other people’s business/arguments? The C-bomb.. you sound so stupid saying that “C.unt” is a word.. deal with it. Here’s a suggestion, stop being so prudish. This is why we’re hated all over the world, for always sticking our noses where it doesn’t belong and pushing our ideals onto others, if you don’t like my posts.. then skip over them, jackass.

  • Stacey

    I hope this works out. I love Rosie and a weekly variety show would just the right venue for her. She grew up on Carol Burnett and the like.
    I’ve always admired Rosie’s passion and outspoken nature. I also think she is one of the funniest people on the planet.

  • m

    you couldn’t pay me to watch another rosie show

  • av

    Ugh, I think I just vomited in my mouth a little…

  • smurfette

    as long as Rosie doesnt get political she will do fantastic. her politics were the downfall of her daily talk show years ago, (remember Tom Selleck anyone?) and for her removal from The View. I love Rosie… when she’s just koosh-throwing, joke-making Rosie. Leave the politics at home and she’s sure to be a success.

  • smurfette

    as long as Rosie doesnt get political she will do fantastic. her politics were the downfall of her daily talk show years ago, (remember Tom Selleck anyone?) and for her removal from The View. I love Rosie… when she’s just koosh-throwing, joke-making Rosie. Leave the politics at home and she’s sure to be a success.

  • Andi

    Please say it isn’t so! I definitely won’t be watching.

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