Rosie O'Donnell is returning to daytime
television on Oprah Winfrey's upcoming OWN network, the New York
O'Donnell's yet-to-be-named show will
premiere sometime in 2011.
It will mark O'Donnell's first return to
daytime television since her one-year stint as co-host of ABC's The
View in 2007.
For six years the openly gay
comedienne-actress hosted her own talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell
Show, which ended in 2002.
Other openly gay celebrities have also
signed on to the new network, expected to debut on January 1.
One show will feature celebrity chef
Cat Cora helping families whose eating habits have fallen prey to a
busy lifestyle. And former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
“fashion savant” Carson Kressley will helm his own makeover
O'Donnell, 48, publicly announced she's
gay in 2002, just before her talk show ended. She married her
longtime girlfriend Kelli Carpenter, a former Nickelodeon marketing
executive, in 2004 in San Francisco, California. The couple
announced they had separated in 2007.
She is a fierce opponent of Florida's
ban on gay adoption and is raising four children.