Rosie O'Donnell to host OWN doc series
January 20th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

Rosie O'Donnell to host OWN doc series

Chaz Bono will get the Rosie O'Donnell treatment following his OWN documentary.

Oprah's network announced on Thursday that O'Donnell will host a one-hour special  following the world television premiere of “Becoming Chaz” in May. The special will  feature Chaz Bono, his girlfriend Jennifer Elia and filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, who will discuss the film.

“Becoming Chaz” will be the first documentary film to air as part of the OWN Documentary Film Club, and the network said O'Donnell "will be a collaborator for the OWN Documentary Film Club, selecting key films and hosting specials that inspire deeper conversations following their on-air premiere."

“We are thrilled to have Rosie be a part of the OWN Documentary Film Club,” said Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer for OWN. “She has a great enthusiasm and sensibility for documentaries, and is the perfect choice to host the specials.”

The duties will be in addition to the already planned new talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," set to air on OWN this year.

“I love watching every documentary," O'Donnell said in a press release. "It excites me to know that OWN is as passionate about documentary films and storytelling as I am."

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. L. J. Clark

    Why do networks keep trying to cram Rosie O'Donnell down our throats?
    II wouldn't watch her program if you paid me !! ! ! !

    October 21, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sam


    May 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oh good

    All Oprahs guest of late have been FA GG OTs. Because she is a FA GG OT. Rosie is a digusting, liberal, useless pile of creamy steamy SHYT.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gary

    Rosie O'Donnell is just another ego driven, not that talented, and often crass celebrity. She's smart about keeping her 'name/brand' in the media's spotlight, but too often at the expense of others. Remember last year's Oprah interview- all about being "authentic"? Just wait.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. unknown

    funny they are giving her a show when during her own show is denied being gay and now she is getting another show. i was watching the new network but now i think i will find something else to watch. she sure is getting alot of air time for being such a big mouth. i used to like her but she is a liar and not to mention a cheat. her last show didn't last and if this is what we have to look forward to her network is not going to last long.

    January 21, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Whole Lotta Rosie

    I wonder if she will start out saying how Tom Cruise is so handsome and would marry him?
    WHAT A FAKE!!!!
    plus she is NUTS!
    UGLY inside and out....

    January 21, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Beautiful Vixen

    What do you mean people are judging from the outside? Do you hear what comes out her mouth? You can hear can you? She is a judgemental person herself and I'm being nice when I call her a person because there are a few other words that comes to mind. She should do the world a favor and die already.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. josephscott


    3rd floor, 5th block, 
    Mill colony, B/H la-gajjar chambers,
    Ashram Road,
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
    India – 380009

    January 21, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary Ann

    That is why the world is going to pot, because judgeing people on their outsides are more newsworthy than taking the time to find out whats inside!

    January 21, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Homer

    Why do people hate her so much? Sure she is not very attractive but that isn't a reason to hate. She hasn't done anything wrong but everything good. And her remarks about Trump was to protect young girls from making a mistake.

    January 21, 2011 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • stephe

      Thank you Homer! I agree. I've always enjoyed her truth and people who hate (the people who always jump to calling her "fat" and "ugly") don't understand and clearly, are uneducated. Honestly, Rosie O'Donnell is a pioneer for women, children, gays, 9/11 first responders, low-income families.... look it up!

      January 21, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • shut up homer simpson

      First off, it's not the looks that turn me off. It's her personality (poor) and her approach to things. She may say things as she sees them, which is commendable... but she does it in a classless manner. I'm sorry, but when you start talking out of your bum there really isn't any "good" coming out of that.

      January 21, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. J.J Oprah taking her side? I'm sure Trump will not like anyone giving her a job. Imagine what a spectacle it'll be. Oprah vs Trump. Finally, he met a worthy opponent. Considering his remarks about fat unattractive women, this is by no means a coincident.

    January 21, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Redcarpet Downthere

    The Obese Womens network now signs rosie odonnell.along with chaz bono,makes for great"must sh!t tv

    January 21, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      LOL... "Obese Women's Network"

      That part of your comment had "WIN" all over it.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Beautiful Vixen

    Why is she still walking around on this earth taking up a whole lot of space? She is a disgrace. Thanks for the visual Evel..yuck.Lol

    January 21, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cargill Morrison

    I believe that Odonnell can host a doc series, but the journalistic angle must be interesting. I suggest lots of wide angle lenses and music, maybe add a smoke machine. That should do it.


    January 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Evel Kneivel

    So far the OWN network is a bunch of lesb0 freaks. Rosie is disgusting and fat.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Loo

    Rosie will be very good at this. She is sensitive, articulate and brilliant. Can't wait.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |

    She looks like she's crushing out a big brown steamer.

    January 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lobo74

    Are you kidding me ? This is the crap Hollywood churns out then wonders why audiences are shrinking. An over indulgent billionaire and two mentally unstable hasbeens. Must see tv right ?

    January 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Completely agree. Two likely scenarios: Either Hollywood produces shows that match their own interests – thereby completely neglecting the fundamentals of business of understanding what your customers want. Second, with shows like this, they clearly demonstrate their views of their audience, which does not include much respect. The Oprah show on XM radio may try to sell itself as 'civilized', when in reality some of the shows on that station are no better than what Howard Stern produces. We're talking Howard Stern, expert in pandering to the most base of human instincts, and completely failing to provide any positive benefit from watching/listening to his show.

      January 21, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |

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