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Wednesday
Aug292012

Report: Rosie O’Donnell Had New Bride Sign Pre-Nup

John Parra/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rosie O’Donnell engaged in eight months of pre-nup negotiations before tying the knot with her new bride, Michelle Rounds, the New York Post reports.

The newspaper quotes sources as saying Rosie was so tough in the negotiations they didn’t get the pre-nup signed until hours before the couple’s June 9 wedding.

One source says, “Both women have health issues, but the pre-nup negotiations were pretty fraught in the days before the wedding.  Rosie just wanted to get it signed under her terms.  She wasn’t in the mood to make any compromises.”

Rosie revealed earlier this month that she recently suffered a heart attack.  Rounds, 40, has been diagnosed with Desmoid tumors.  She underwent surgery days after the couple wed.

Sources tell the Post the 50-year-old Rosie has been “extremely generous to Michelle in the pre-nup,” but Rounds “gets nothing if she cheats.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug272012

Rosie O’Donnell Announces Marriage to Michelle Rounds

John Parra/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Rosie O’Donnell is a married woman once again.

The comedienne revealed on her blog Monday that she and Michelle Rounds married on June 9. They were originally supposed to tie the knot this month, but after Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors earlier this summer, a rare condition that can be life-threatening, they decided to wed before her surgery.

“We married in private before [Michelle's] surgery, just the [two] of us,” O’Donnell wrote. “When we r both well enough will have the wedding of r dreams surrounded by those we cherish.”

O’Donnell’s rep confirmed to ABC News that the couple is legally married but have yet to celebrate the wedding. O’Donnell and Rounds are using their union to raise awareness about desmoid tumors. The former OWN host pledged to match all donations to Rounds’ Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation page and is selling paintings on eBay to raise money for the organization.

It’s been a summer of surprises for O’Donnell, 50. She suffered a heart attack earlier this month and wrote on her blog that it’s a “miracle” she’s still alive.

O’Donnell was previously married to Kelli Carpenter. They divorced in 2007.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug202012

Rosie O’Donnell Suffers a Heart Attack

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rosie O’Donnell revealed she suffered a heart attack last week and called it a “miracle” she didn’t die.

The comedian shared the news on her blog and credited a Bayer aspirin commercial with saving her life.

“i took some bayer aspirin/thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally,” O’Donnell wrote in her usual free verse form.

O’Donnell said she Googled the symptoms of a heart attack and was experiencing many of them, yet she did not call 911.

The pain persisted, O’Donnell said. The next day she visited a cardiologist who did an EKG and found her coronary artery was 99-percent blocked.

O’Donnell was admitted to the hospital and had a stent put in to clear the blockage.

“they call this type of heart attack/the Widow Maker/i am lucky to be here,” she wrote.

Earlier this month, O’Donnell revealed her fiancee, Michelle Rounds, had been diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare condition. The condition, which affects about 900 people in the U.S. each year, produces slow growing tumors in the body that can cause life threatening conditions if they compress vital organs.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr262012

Lindsay Lohan: Rosie O'Donnell's Criticism of Me Was 'Intrusive'

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan is brushing off Rosie O'Donnell's criticism of her, saying she's confident in her ability to portray Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime movie.

On Tuesday's edition of NBC's Today show, O'Donnell said she didn't think Lohan is "right for the role" or "capable at this point of doing what's needed."

Lohan, noting that one of her first interviews as an actress was with O'Donnell, tells Access Hollywood, "It’s funny that someone you don’t know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing."

When asked if her opinion of O'Donnell has changed, Lohan replied, "She should base her opinions when she meets someone."

Despite O'Donnell's assessment of Lohan's career at the moment, the Mean Girls star says she knows she's "great" and that she feels lucky to be able to play Taylor in Liz & Dick, a story about Taylor's romance with Richard Burton.

When Access Hollywood suggested to Lohan that Gerard Butler should co-star as Burton, she answered, "I don’t know if he would do that.  But he actually does resemble him a lot."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr252012

Rosie O'Donnell: Lindsay Lohan Not 'Capable' to Portray Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor Hill/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Rosie O'Donnell is not pleased that Lindsay Lohan will be taking on the role of Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's upcoming original movie.

During a panel discussion on Tuesday's Today show, O'Donnell told Matt Lauer, "I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."

O'Donnell also dismissed Lohan's performance as guest host of Saturday Night Live last month, saying, "It wasn’t as though she delivered." 

She added, "People watched expecting, hoping, wishing, but she needs a lot of help."

Lohan's rep didn't take too kindly to O'Donnell's comments.

He said in a statement, "I think Rosie should be focused on her own career right now and not everyone else's.  It's a shame someone has to launch into such a mean-spirited attack on another person in order to get publicity for themselves."

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Wednesday
Mar212012

Rosie O'Donnell Opens Up About Show Closing Down

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- If there's any bitterness from Rosie O'Donnell about Oprah Winfrey cancelling The Rosie Show, she's not admitting it -- on air, at least.

O'Donnell took time during the final taping Tuesday of her ratings-challenged talk show to address Winfrey's decision to yank the show from OWN's schedule after its March 30 telecast.  It's a move O'Donnell called "fair."

Despite continuous re-tooling of the show -- and reported static behind the scenes -- O'Donnell couldn't replicate the fame of her earlier chat show hit The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

“Listen, Oprah gave me an amazing shot," O'Donnell admitted.  "She put me back on TV, she believed in me…and off I came to Chicago with the best of intentions, trying to do what I thought would be kind of easy for me.  But it really wasn’t.”

Referencing her former chat show success, O’Donnell quoted Lewis Carroll, saying, "I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then -- and that’s sort of what I figured out.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar192012

Rosie O'Donnell Ally Says Working for Her 'Wasn't Hell'

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- While one of Rosie O’Donnell’s former staffers called working for her a "f**king hellhole," others close to the daytime talk maven are defending her following the cancellation of her OWN show.

“It wasn’t hell,” a source who worked for O’Donnell told ABC News on Monday. “Rosie’s a great person. She’s a great talent. If folks have other opinions, that’s fine, but I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”

The Daily Beast cited sources at OWN who described O’Donnell losing her temper and “uncontrollably yell[ing]” backstage during her five months helming The Rosie Show. After premiering in late October, the show faltered in ratings, bringing in around 200,000 viewers in its 7 p.m. time slot. It went through two executive producers before Oprah Winfrey pulled the plug on Friday.

In a statement, Winfrey said, “I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day.”

O’Donnell said in a statement that she loved working with Winfrey, adding, “I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me — I wish the show was able to attract more viewers — but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York — with gratitude. On we go!”

The final episode of The Rosie Show will tape Tuesday in Chicago. It will air March 30.

O’Donnell previously headlined the Emmy-winning Rosie O’Donnell Show, from 1996 to 2002. She also served as moderator of The View from 2006 to 2007, leaving the show following a heated, on-air exchange with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct102011

Rosie O'Donnell Talks about New Show

HARPO, INC./ GEORGE BURNS(CHICAGO) -- It's been 10 years since Rosie O'Donnell left her first enormously successful talk show -- The Rosie O'Donnell Show -- only now to be welcomed with open arms by the talk show queen herself, Oprah Winfrey.

"It's pretty exciting, I have to say it really is," O'Donnell told Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden.

At 49, the Emmy-award winning comedian and actress is debuting her new talk show, The Rosie Show, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Her show is taped at the iconic Harpo Studios in Chicago, which was the home of The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years.

"I feel like was knighted by the queen...I will serve," O'Donnell said.

Her first guest will be actor Russell Brand, whom, O'Donnell jokes, has now replaced the man she used to idolize, Tom Cruise.

"Tom knows, I sent him a little text," she said. "I said, 'Tommy, I will always love ya. Move over, Russell Brand is in."

While filling Oprah's shoes may be daunting enough, Oprah herself said she isn't looking for a clone in O'Donnell.

"She is the only person in my 25-year reign as the number one talk show, the only person who came close to beating me was Rosie," Oprah said. "But it's not something I ever worried about. I am myself. Rosie is herself. I knew she had the goods. She had the goods."

Even much of Oprah's former staff has stayed on and begun adjusting to O'Donnell's way of running the show.

"I am not going to follow notes," O'Donnell said. "I read the books and I have a conversation. It's different than other talk shows. So it takes getting used to."

Bringing O'Donnell, having been known for her sometimes controversial humor, back to television on OWN was something Oprah handled personally. She flew out to meet with O'Donnell when she heard the comedian was considering a show with OWN.

"When I heard that Rosie actually might be interested in signing on with me and with OWN, I really couldn't believe it," Oprah said. "I was like, 'really? She would do that?' And you know, got on a plane to see her face to face to hear from her from her own lips that this is true because I didn't want agents speaking to lawyers and all of that stuff."

O'Donnell had a slightly different take on why Oprah wanted to come talk to her about launching her show.

"When I hugged her after I said I was all in, I said, 'so did you come here to see if I was insane?'" O'Donnell said. "She said, 'a little bit.' I said, 'I don't blame you.' I passed the crazy check. I'm not sure how, but I did."

For many fans, the last public sighting of O'Donnell was in 2007, when she and The View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck had a painful falling out on camera.

"I learned that for me, if I can't be the boss of a show, I shouldn't be on the show," O'Donnell said.

Even though O'Donnell stands by her actions, she admitted to feeling uncomfortable with her behavior that day. She said she recently watched the video of that exchange on YouTube, and was "not OK with the level of anger." She continued, "When I watched it back, I felt the betrayal and the sadness. I had worked very hard to sort of befriend Elizabeth."

O'Donnell says she does feel less angry these days, a tribute to discovering she needed to take hormones.

"I had zero levels of estrogen," she said, a discovery that was prompted by her friend Suzanne Somers, who urged her to get her levels checked.

"I started on bio-identical estrogen cream and I think it made a huge difference in my life," O'Donnell said.

While a visit to her new show reveals O'Donnell is upbeat, even zany in her opening monologue, she is also reflective and personal in an interview with Carrie Fisher about her weight loss and depression to this day. Two topics close to O'Donnell's heart.

"That was a challenge my whole life," she said. "I was so grateful that I had gotten on medication after Columbine. I don't know how I would have gotten through 9/11. They say it's PTSD, I don't know, but it's a very big issue. In fact, when I took this job, I did say to Oprah, 'I'm pretty stable.' I'm doing really well, but I have to tell you, a world catastrophe, [I’m] probably gonna need a week off."

With therapy and medication, the comedian says she is now feeling the best she has felt in a long time. And for O'Donnell, there is more to life than worrying about being a celebrity. Raising her four kids, Parker, 16, Chelsea, 14, Blake, 12, who were adopted, and Vivienne Rose, 9, who was conceived through artificial insemination, has been the most important thing to her.

"It is the best thing I ever did," O'Donnell said. "People sometimes say to me, 'oh, it was great of you to adopt,' and I say, 'No it was greedy.' I want to look into the eyes of that woman and that man who created those children and say, 'Thank you, because you made my life worth living.'"

O'Donnell first married Kelli Carpenter, a former Nickelodeon marketing executive, in 2004. The couple divorced three years ago, and O'Donnell said she tried to date, but it wasn't easy.

By happenstance, she met her current girlfriend Michelle Rounds while standing in line at a Starbucks.

"I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl because that's what she looked like to me, and she's a 40-year-old gay woman," O'Donnell said. "My gaydar was way off."

One thing is for sure about the talk show host, she is not afraid of making a strong comeback. For O'Donnell, success means finding "a beautiful mix" of balance and happiness.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Oct092011

Look Out Tom Cruise, Rosie O’Donnell Has a New Crush!

Taylor Hill/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- Rosie O’Donnell’s crush on Tom Cruise is so 1996.

Now a decade since her enormously successful talk show went off the air, O’Donnell is back.  This time on OWN- Oprah Winfrey’s Network that is- with a new talk show and a new crush:  Russell Brand.

“I think he is epically, epically genius,” O’Donnell told “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden. “And his life story is fascinating…he’s my new sort of boy crush.”

She said she noticed Brand when he hosted the MTV VMA’s in 2008 but didn’t think much of him until she watched him do a comedy bit all about having hosted the VMA’s and thought, “it was the most brilliant thing I had ever seen in my life.”

The two ended up meeting by chance, in the American Airlines lounge at LAX airport.

“I grabbed him and I said, ‘Russell Brand,..you are a genius.’  And he was like ‘Oh Rosie O’Donnell so nice of you to say.”

In preparation for her interview with Brand, O’Donnell read both of his books, “My Booky Wook” and “Booky Wook 2.”

Even still, O’Donnell has got her work cut out for her with the fast talking Brit.

“My job is going to be to stay present and listen.  It’s like you have to be boom boom boom boom.  I think like he and Robin Williams together, I think that the universe would explode. I mean Robin Williams, by American comic standards, no one is as fast as him. It’s like he has a computer that works ten times faster than the normal person. And that’s Russell as well. And to add the British accent, and his absurdly large vocabulary.  I am going to have to be at the top of my game. So I have to bring it.”

Brand and O’Donnell’s old boy crush Tom Cruise have been down in Miami, where she owns a home, shooting the upcoming film “Rock of Ages” based on the Broadway musical.

“Tom knows, I sent him a little text.  I said Tommy I will always love ya, but move over, Russell Brand is in,” O’Donnell told “Nightline.”  “You know, a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do. But I think he is just lovely.”

All joking aide, O’Donnell’s real love these days is Michelle Rounds, a corporate head hunter for an IT company in New York.  The two met in a Starbucks a few months ago.

“I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl cause that’s what she looked like to me.  And she’s a 40-year-old gay woman,” O’Donnell said. “My gaydar was way off.  She’s really lovely…we laugh a lot…and my kids adore her.”

Rosie’s show premieres Oct. 10, live at 7 p.m. Eastern, on OWN.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep202011

Rosie O’Donnell Met Her New Girlfriend at Starbucks

Taylor Hill/WireImage(NEW YORK) --  The Rosie Show doesn’t premiere on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network until Oct. 10, but Rosie O’Donnell is already introducing her new girlfriend to the masses.

Her new plus one is Michelle Rounds and they have been dating for a few months.  Michelle is a head hunter for IT companies, according to O’Donnell’s publicist, Cindi Berger.

“They met at a Starbucks a few months ago,” a source tells People.  “They are adorable together and are very, very happy.” 

The pair appeared Monday for O’Donnell’s annual Rosie Theater Kids Gala in New York City.

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