Once known as the “Queen of Nice,” and then as a lady of controversy, Rosie O’Donnell is heading into a new chapter of her life that finds the 50-year-old TV personality somewhere in between. And that’s a good thing.
As she prepares for the highly anticipated launch of her new talk show “The Rosie Show” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, O’Donnell owns up to some of her more out-rage-ous behavior in a new interview.
“You know, I think I had a lot more rage than I was aware of,” O’Donnell says in the October issue of The Oprah Magazine, out Sept. 13. “But I’ve gotten back access to my other feelings. I’m not cut off from my emotions anymore … The rage has gone away … There’s been a healing.”
Rosie credits treatment of a medical issue for helping her turn the corner.
“I had, like, zero estrogen,” she says. “And since I got some, I’ve been able to function more normally. I’ve stopped being so angry.”
A more balanced outlook on life should help O’Donnell manage the enormous challenge she’s undertaking in her new venture — since many are looking to the talk-show titan to boost ratings for Winfrey’s OWN channel.
Oprah, for her part, knows joining forces with O’Donnell is a solid bet:
“In 25 years of doing my show only one competitor ever seriously challenged me in the ratings: Rosie O’Donnell,” Winfrey says. “From the day Rosie took her place among the crowded field of talk show hosts, I knew she had the ‘It’ thing.”
“The Rosie Show” airs weeknights at 7 p.m. on OWN beginning October 10.