Rosie O’Donnell gets hour long variety show

Back in July, we reported a story that originated in EW’s Ausiello Files that Rosie O’Donnell was in talks with NBC for a primetime hour long variety show. At that time it sounded like it would be an ongoing show that aired weekly.

Rosie has confirmed in a statement that she has an upcoming hour long variety show with NBC, but it’s just a holiday special at this point. Rosie’s show will air the night before Thanksgiving and will have celebrity guests, music numbers, comedy and a giveaway. She says her show is inspired by the great variety shows of decades past. If this is a hit for Rosie, it’s likely to become a weekly show on NBC:

Nearly two months to the day since I brought you news of the Peacock-Ro talks, the polarizing funny lady has inked a deal with NBC to headline an hour-long variety show/backdoor pilot to air live in prime time on Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 26.

Appropriately titled Rosie’s Variety Hour, the special will kick off with a topical monologue and feature celebrity guests, musical acts, comedy skits, and a “giant” giveaway for both the in-studio and home audiences.

“This is a dream come true for any performer,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “Old time variety, live from New York with a nod to Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett and memories of Sonny and Cher.”

For now, Rosie’s Variety Hour is just a one-off special. But if this thing’s a hit — and, c’mon, how could it not be — you can bet it’ll become a regular fixture on NBC’s schedule.

[From EW via ONTD]

Rosie’s talk show ran for six years, from 1996 to 2002, and was a big hit. She was so much fun as the hostess and her enthusiasm when she met celebrities was contagious. It was only when she was on The View sparring with Elisabeth Hasselbeck that the shine came off and she started to seem abrasive and unwavering in her opinion. When Rosie is running the show, things usually remain upbeat. As long as she keeps it light and fun the show should be a success for her. She can occasionally insert politics if she wants, but it should be in the spirit of comedy because controversial topics go down a lot easier when you’re laughing. NBC will first see how well she does, and how the audience perceives her, before making a commitment for a longer running show. In Rosie’s case that seems like the best way to handle things.

Rosie O’Donnell is shown performing in her True Colors tour in Sunrise, FL with Deborah Cox on 06/19/08. I went to the True Colors Tour Website (link has automatic music) to learn more about it, and just left it up because the music was so good. She definitely has some talented musician friends to bring on for this show.

Photo Credit: A. Gilbert / PR Photos

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  1. Tia says:

    I love Rosie, she is sooooooooo awesome !! I am sure the show will do really well !!!! Thanks CB for reporting this story..

  2. Kaiser says:

    Yeah, I actually loved The Rosie O’Donnell Show – she was funny and sweet and a great interviewer.

    I hope this works out, and I hope she gets good people on it – she probably will, because she still has a lot of friends in Hollywood.

  3. vdantev says:

    Because that’s what that fat unfunny shrieking harpy needs is a full hour of scenery chewing.

  4. Lauri says:

    Ugh. I wouldn’t waste a moment of my life watching anything this disgusting hag is in.

  5. Codzilla says:

    vdantev: Seriously. If I had a choice between subjecting myself to this slop or gnawing my way out of a bear trap, I’d jump at the latter without hesitation.

  6. KERRI says:

    Her voice gives me a migraine. Doesn’t she realize that the Sound Booth personnel’s brains could explode with that voice of hers?

  7. Heidi says:

    Lauri I do not presume to know what you would or would not do but the very fact that you clicked and commented on this story would prove otherwise

  8. vdantev says:


    If she didn’t click and comment, this board would be pointless, Miss Smart-ass.

  9. Lauri says:

    Ummm…no Heidi. The fact of my post does not “prove” anything except the fact that I don’t like her and won’t watch anything she is in.

    How did you make that leap that my post “proves” anything?

  10. daisy424 says:

    Agree Dante 👿

  11. Heidi says:

    you are truly a nut case & most of your posts are hateful & unnecessary & I would never let someone bait me by calling me names…. but you are the exception, you stupid sob!

    I can honestly say I did not mean to attack you or call you out. It was just an observation I made & we’re just going to leave it at that.

  12. vdantev says:


    If I’m a nutcase, then you’re a stupid bitch. I find your lack of humor typical of those operating in the wrong and knowing it. It’s called a defense mechanism. The nature of my responses doesn’t idemnify the content of yours. The horse pulls the cart, but he didn’t build it.

  13. Jeanne says:

    Oh brother…Rosie’s coming back. I have to say the break has been nice and oh too short. She always manages to get her big mouth, and big ass back on tv.
    Rosie on a variety show. It’ll only work if she dresses up like a clown. She’s just a mean and bitter person. Her poor kids. I bet she’s hell on wheels at home.

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