The Mighty O let it be known at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference that the word "bitch" will not be allowed on her network, OWN. Entertainment Weekly reports:
The Oprah Winfrey Network will be “fun and entertaining without tearing people down and calling them bitches,” Oprah said at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference yesterday. “Imagine that. Imagine."
Now on one hand, this is a symbolic way to bring attention to a worthy issue, i.e. that rampant sexism still exists in our society and by issuing a silence policy on this word for an entire network, Oprah Winfrey is actually placing that issue front and center. On the other hand, it's a savvy PR move since it will undoubtedly get people talking—as they already are—and therefore draw more attention to her new network. One also wonders if this had anything to do with Joy Behar . I'm sure The View ladies will be discussing it.
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Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years. She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.
O'Donnell's last stint on daytime tv was back in 2007 when she served as moderator for the ABC chatfest The View, replacing Meredith Vieira. O'Donnell said,
It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network. I’m excited to be back on daytime television.
O'Donnell's foray back into daytime is slated for 2011.
Rosie O'Donnell is planning a return to daytime and has landed a syndication deal to make it possible. She is looking to fill the gap that will be left by Oprah in 2011, according Showbiz 411. Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, broadcast network stations may be gun-shy at airing the talk show.
Secondly, the ABC stations carried "Rosie" and, while initially very happy with it and with O'Donnell's "queen of nice" persona, grew increasingly uncomfortable towards the end of the show's run as it became more controversial and political.
The fact that O'Donnell is doing the show outside of the studio system indicates her intention to stay true to herself, which could mean more of the strong political views and attacking style that got her in hot water on the syndicated show and on "The View."
Rosie O'Donnell honored Queen Latifah at this year's Rosie's Broadway Extravaganza, a benefit for Rosie's Broadway Kids at the Double Tree Hotel in New York City. Featuring performances by Shoshana Bean, Nikki Blonsky, Melinda Doolittle, Montego Glover and Norm Lewis, the benefit brought out stars such as daytime favorite Linda Dano, comedian Judy Gold and Chita Rivera. See more photos from the event after the jump.
Rosie O'Donnell is blogging her thoughts on the death of Michael Jackson, King of Pop. Visit her website Rosie.com for the full tribute. Here is a preview.
so now the crowds gather
the kind of love and adoration he seemed to crave
and he is not here to feel any of it
Have you missed Rosie O'Donnell being on The View? If so, you'll be able to hear Rosie in your home, car, at work or on go. The ex The View co-host has landed a daily show on Sirius XM satellite radio. According to Zap2it Rosie Radio "will feature the 47-year-old comedian-actress discussing news and entertainment as well as chatting with occasional guests."
I can only wonder if she'll have Elisabeth Hasselbeck on as one of her first guests. For some reason I doubt that will happen.