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Rosie O’Donnell talks about her new show

TCA 2011: Rosie O'Donnell on why she's done with big networks

For the first time in many years, I’m not covering the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour but am keeping tabs on what’s happening at the annual confab in Beverly Hills.

On Friday, Rosie O’Donnell took to the stage to talk about her new talk show which debuts this fall on OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network).

“Let me tell you, I’m still scared when she calls,” Rosie said of Oprah.

The Rosie Show will air weeknights at 7 p.m. and is being viewed as a key in reinvigorating the cable channel’s sagging ratings.

“It’s a great time, 7 o’clock, where you can sit down with your family before your viewing night begins,” Rosie told reporters. She added that the new show will explore “what it feels like to be 50 years old, move to another city, be divorced -– which I never thought I would be.”

O’Donnell, who most recently had been doing a daily show on Sirius Radio,  built a large and loyal fan base with her own talk show, which ran from 1996 to 2002. She then joined The View in 2006 and ratings soared – and so did the controversy.

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  1. glad you have a new gig. i won’t be watching. i hope the best for you and your family:)

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