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Can Rosie O'Donnell grab her old Emmy crown from Ellen DeGeneres?

March 23, 2010 |  9:27 am

Rosie_odonnell_2 Ellen DeGeneres needs to watch her Emmy back. Sure, she's been romping through the Daytime Emmys in recent years, but now Rosie O'Donnell is poised to return to the contest, turning it into a real heavyweight bout.

Back when Rosie O'Donnell had her original daytime gabfest, she won Daytime Emmys for best talk show five years in a row (1998-2002) and took home best host awards for all six years of the show's run (1997-2002). Her initial victories were especially impressive because Oprah Winfrey still hadn't bowed out of the Emmys yet. In 1998, Rosie beat Oprah for best talk show and they tied for the hosting trophy. Oprah dropped out of the host race in 1999 and the show race the following year.

Ellen DeGeneres has won both awards four times -- she took talk show host from 2004 to 2007 and talk show from 2005 to 2008. She proved particularly vulnerable last year -- even without Rosie in the race. She lost best talk/entertainment show to "Rachael Ray" and the host award to the gaggle on "The View." The latter outcome was a shockeroo considering that multiple hosts almost never win.

During Rosie's first TV run, she was still widely perceived to be the "Queen of Nice." Now many industry insiders consider her to be the "Queen of Mean," thanks to her reported diva antics. Also, on her old show, Rosie was still in the closet, pretending to be smitten with Tom Cruise. Do her old viewers feel deceived? Ellen's out and that doesn't appear to hurt her TV ratings. And she's the new "Queen of Nice," while Rosie is viewed as militant, sometimes hostile.

Although Rosie may or may not be replacing Oprah in her time slot, she does hope to emulate the soon-to-depart talker with the format for her new show. She told "Entertainment Tonight" that the program, which will begin airing in September 2011, will be "a single-topic, hourlong show about life, love and laughter" and that there will be "no desk" and "no celebs promoting movies," but that there "may be a few giveaways."


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Photo: Rosie O'Donnell at the 1997 Daytime Emmy Awards. Credit: Steve Fenn / Associated Press

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first topic for her show: why do you and your brother work so hard against adult adoptees and unsealing birth records-

I am concerned by the hypocrisy shown by Ms. O'Donnell with regard to the rights of foster care,and adopted children once they become adults and seek information on their origins. Ms. O'Donnell's brother Daniel is an assembly member in New York State's Legislator. When asked to support a bill for open records, he replied something to the effect, "My sister and I are both adoptive parents. Now that our family has come into wealth we are concerned that our kids birth families will try to extort us for money or favors." He also eluded to how he and Rosie each live in alternative lifestyles, and opening our records will also draw negative attention on him for that". Finally, Daniel told one of our advocates that "Rosie doesn't like that" when asked about our bill. It's clear that money talks, as Rosie's wallet has a say in our state's legislature as well as in each adult adoptee's fate.

For those of you not in the know of adoption, in all but 8 states an adult adoptee has no right to his or her birth records. We cannot know our ancestry, medical history, ethnicity, or any other information that identifies who we are. Ms. O'Donnell and her family are playing a significant roll in blocking what we consider to be our access to receiving the same equal rights available to every non-adopted American.

I can say it all in just 2 simple ol' words, "ROSIE SUCKS".. Please, do we have to suffer through more of her phony act?? Nuff said....

I have no idea why anyone would watch this woman on TV. She is an idiot with conspiracy theories flying out of her . . . ah, windows. No common sense, egotistical, etc. The list is too long to type. Oh! She's not funny either.

I give a thumbs down to her being on TV at all.

I'm really looking forward to Rosie's return. Ellen would not have a talk show if it wasn't for Rosie. And Tom, Rosie was not deceiving her audience about her crush on Tom Cruise. She always said it was non-sexual and it was just a giddy innocent crush. People can have infatuations especially with celebrities (you of all people should know this) even if its not the gender they are sexually/romantically attracted to.



No Way! Rosie is Old News for winning.
Remeber When She was on The View in 2007 she got a emmy nomnee with Joy Behar and all of the ladies of the View and who won? ELLEN DEGENERES!!!
So Keep on Dreaming Rosie O'Donnell!!!

Yeah! The world is waiting for a bitter,over the hill fat has been who happens to be a lesbian with a crush on Tom Cruise.....Sign me up!

Let me put it to you this way.

I'm a hetero and if my sister was to suddenly go lesbian - I'd encourage her to date Ellen. At least *as far as her public persona appears to be* Ellen seems the kind of person you would invite into your home.

Rosie USED to seem like this until it became obvious she was just playing the role of a lifetime.

It would be appropriate for Rosie O'Donnell to host "Animal Planet". What a beast !!! She deserves an enema.

ooohhh...battle of the network go girls!



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