Rosie O’Donnell always has a lot to say and it looks like she’d like to do that on daytime TV again.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rosie is considering filling the massive void that Oprah Winfrey’s departure will leave come next year. She currently hosts Rosie Radio on Sirius XM Radio, but is looking to return to daytime in 2011, but it’s unclear if she’ll go head-to-head with Ellen DeGeneres or if her new venture will land on cable.
Rosie, who canceled her stand-up appearance at Club Skirts’ The Dinah to “spend more time with her family,” hasn’t been a big favorite for network executives in the recent past. While the out multihyphenate continues to be active with such specials as HBO’s A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration, she may not be the Queen of Nice that daytime executives are looking for. And while DeGeneres recently signed a three-year contract extension to stay with NBC, Rosie might be best suited to bring her political-heavy discussions — the same ones that often had her butting heads with her former co-hosts on The View — to cable.
With several Daytime Emmys and nearly 2,000 episodes of The Rosie O’Donnell Show under her belt, it seems a return to network TV would be a “been there, done that” for the opinionated activist. Besides, wouldn’t it be incredible to see Rosie land on cable and have out and proud lesbians ruling both? Please, Ro, don’t make us pick.
What do you think? Do you think Rosie is better suited for network or cable TV?