In an attention-grabbing deal for the new Oprah Winfrey network, Rosie O’Donnell will be hosting a talk show at some point after the network’s launch in January. But can throwing two of the biggest media personalities in the mixing pot together really be a good idea?
When you think of the greatest female talk show hosts of all time, both Rosie and Oprah immediately come to mind, but they may just be too big to be together.
From 1996 to 2002, Rosie hosted the daytime talk show The Rosie O’Donnell Show during which she won six consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for best talk show. She then moved on for a stint as Meredith Viera’s replacement on The View.
Rosie has famously had a problem getting along with others. Her time on The View started out splendidly but ultimately ended in tears, fights and a relieved Barbara Walters who all but sung from the rooftops that she was happy to see Rosie go. Drama aside, Rosie brought about a 27% ratings increase for the daytime show.
OWN promises “fans can anticipate a fun, uplifting show with Ms. O’Donnell’s playful and energetic style.”
No word on how much involvement Oprah will have in the development of the show, if she is going to have any at all. Rosie plans to tape in New York City where she lives with her kids.
Rosie on OWN could very well result in the greatest lady partnership of all time, or it could be an explosive pairing of two outsized personalities.
What do you think? Will Rosie and Oprah play nice together?