'The Rosie Show' Recap: Rosie O'Donnell Blows the Doors Off Prime Time

rosie o donnellSo, I'm going to come right out and say it: I missed Rosie O'Donnell. I did, and so did you, and if you're shaking your head and furrowing your brow right now, I don't believe you. Because if there's anyone in the world who can even attempt to hold her head high under the heavy, heavy crown that is Oprah-ness, it's Rosie O'Donnell. And tonight's premiere of The Rosie Show on Oprah's OWN proves exactly why this is true ... Rosie O'Donnell is, after all, her OWN woman.

Rosie O'Donnell's original, pre-The View talk show quite literally pulled me through those bleary-eyed, hormonally-charged days after my first baby was born. It didn't matter what emotion I needed to indulge that day -- uncontrollable sobbing, hysterical laughter, righteous indignation -- Rosie would give me a reason to let loose and feel perfectly fine about it.

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I can already tell from watching just one episode that this most recent incarnation of talk-show Rosie is going to offer the same sense of catharsis to women from all walks of life. Why? Because Rosie is still bluntly, blatantly honest. Better yet, she's flamboyantly honest. Gone are the vague references to asexual Tom Cruise crushes; in their stead is a musical opening monologue featuring shirtless hunks and O'Donnell singing the line: "I may be gay, but I'm not dead."

And she couldn't have chosen a better debut guest than Russell Brand. Like Rosie, Russell is disarmingly honest, funny as all get-out, and quite above the average societal expectations of what constitutes appropriate and/or honest entertainment.

For example: The moment when Rosie and Russell try to teach a young ginger-haired audience member the whole "please sir, can I have some more" shtick? Now that was some funny sh*t.

I suppose when it comes to Rosie, either you love her or you hate her, and I'm willing to declare my allegiance to the former camp. I miss getting the daily breakdown of world events from my favorite balls-y broad. So I can't wait to see what The Rosie Show does next ...

How about you? Are you psyched that Rosie O'Donnell has her own talk show again or do you not care either way?


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