Rosie O’Donnell To Begin Talk Show At Harpo Studios

CHICAGO (CBS) — Oprah Winfrey will soon be skipping town, but Rosie O’Donnell will soon take her place in the West Loop.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Winfrey’s last show at the iconic Harpo Studios, 1058 W. Washington Blvd., will air on May 25.

But O’Donnell will begin taping a new hour-long daytime talk show at the studios soon afterward. It will air on Winfrey’s OWN cable network, according to published reports.

The decision to put Rosie O’Donnell into Harpo Studios will not only help keep many jobs in Chicago, but it will also keep business in general booming in the West Loop.

Harpo Studios literally helped develop the West Loop over the past two decades and brought a lot of attention and business to the city.

O’Donnell made the announcement about her new show in a webcam video, which the Chicago Sun-Times has embedded on its Web site.

“Hello, people of Harpo. It’s me, Rosie O’Donnell, from ‘The Flintstones.’ I just want to say hi, I’m coming to Chicago, yes I am, and I’m thrilled about it, and I get to work with all of you, who created magnificent television for two decades-plus,” she said.

Winfrey has been taping from Harpo since January 1990, when she moved her show from the WLS-Channel 7 studio at 190 N. State St., the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal recalled.

But in November 2009, Winfrey announced she would be ending her daily talk show this year.

It is unclear how many of the approximately 350 Chicago employees who were working on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will keep their jobs and work on O’Donnell’s program.

  • Pearl lee

    I am so glad to see Rossie again in the podium. She looks so healthy and her heair has been colored the right tinte. Is she gona send the guest to Australia or the Samoa Islands for vacation… everything paid? We all hope so.
    She has lots of charisma to atrract new viewers and she can do a great job perfoming.
    We really hope she make a planned trip to Siberia to see all kinds of bears and feed them with our own hands.
    Thanks Ophrah for doing such a wonderful job. We will really miss you a lot.

    • rhonda

      Puke!! Give me a break! She has no talent.

    • stwebb

      He is very handsome!

      • Jazz

        Very handsome indeed, Strong as an Ox I would say as well….

      • kairry

        HAHAHA! That just literally had me laughing out loud & people around here looking at me! I don’t care either way about her – but your “handsome” comment killed me! :)

      • Homer

        Rosie O’Donnel and this person are the same!

  • franklin808

    She looks like my wife.

    • Kant Hurt

      I feel sorry for you

    • makeup helps

      i’m sorry.

      • gee

        exactly haha

    • B Dizzle

      Damn your wife looks like a truck driver from Backwoods South Carolina??

      • kairry

        bahHHAHAHAHAHA…..hilarious man! These male/female and androgynous comments are making me smile – in an otherwise sh!tty day! Thanks ya’ll. :)

    • jb

      or a husband. definately unisex.

    • Jazz

      I think you can find some help for that…

    • G. Register

      God help you, run, run now.

    • LillyDawn

      Wow, I was about to say it looks like my husband..

    • TheTruth

      Ahh I’m sorry to hear that. Guess you two get mistaken for a gay male couple all the time huh?

    • mobrule

      shotgun wedding?

  • paulkette conell

    II will miss Oprah show very much. I am happy though that Rosie will have a show,thats great

  • Eileen

    Happy to see Rosie back on TV. Whether you like her or not, she has done a lot of her community and to raise awareness for many causes. You go girl

    • levelhead

      She’s done a lot of her community?! Gross!

    • joni

      I won’t be watching Rosie !!!
      Why would Oprah want to be replaced by Rosie? YUCK

    • mobrule

      yes, she’s an inspiration to ugly people all over the world!

  • gee

    rosie who… OMG that person….. hey put her on Dancing with the unknown stars,, a bookend for the other big person LOL.. Let’s see she quit her show, and now years later show her wide face back on public tv…. no one else is available, like some NEW blood,instead of a recycle want a be…

    • Di-Ann Hand


    • Gladabout it

      Why don’t you do it? You definitely have the personality for success …

    • stwebb

      Glad I cancelled Time Warner!

  • Jason

    Rosie sucks. That woman needs to go away and never come back.

    • terri

      Yes, why do the networks want to have her on TV???

    • Lucky Louie

      Rosie doesn’t suck. Rosie munches.

  • LaLuna

    I can’t stand R O’Donnell since the Tom Selleck/NRA incident. I hope her ratings get flushed down the toilet.

    • joni

      Oh LaLuna ~ I SO agree with you.

  • Cora Hils

    How do you get tickets to the new Rosie show

    • Biff

      Lol.Great Line

    • George

      going to an outhouse and throwing up!

  • Jill of NWI

    Don’t listen to them ROSIE–you rocked! Your show was great when you acted like a ‘fan’ of all of those stars. Leave the politics to the politicians and Chicago will love you!

  • Rosie_is_a_grump

    Her show will FAIL. She’s turned into a big, angry un-funny woman. Her old show was enjoyable. Maybe she was pretending back then but she was funny, entertaining and nice. Now…not so much. Sorry Rosie but you won’t be in Chicago for a long time. Also, sorry Oprah fans but the OWN network is also destined for failure.

    • tbrown17

      I agree that somewhere along the line the ‘old Rosie’ changed drastically for the worse. The mean, mad, and bad Rosie is not entertaining or even comfortable to watch or hear. Too bad as she used to be really entertaining, even if it may have been an act, it was a good one. She is going to have to lighten up a lot and get the log off her shoulder if she ever wants to gain public acceptance again. Good Luck Rosie .

    • njpat

      I agree that Rosie show will fail, but OWN will succeed!

  • susan maasch

    so freakin excited to have Rosie back regulary…she creates a smart intellegent funny show. She’s sharp and cool, I love her,I have missed her.

  • 72 yr. old (Sheila)

    Fabulous, can’t wait to see Rosie who is always great. An even greater humanitarian.

  • Annoyed

    There is hardly a more irritating person on the face of the earth. Please go away and STAY AWAY!!!!!!

    • SVP

      What about Gilbert Gotfried, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glen Beck …

  • Weep4America

    Just when we finally got rid of Oprah, Rosie has to return. Ugh.

  • Weep4America

    Just when we got rid of Oprah, Rosie has to return. Ugh.

  • SmilesMcGee

    i can’t stop laughing at her attempt at a smile. I give her an “A” for effort, but “F” for performance.

    • SirDirtiness

      I agree. So forced. Just like her recent attempts at comedy or social round tables

    • Layla

      Exactly!! It’s half smile, half baring her teeth like an angry dog!

  • stacy

    that is great news for rosie!!!!!!!!!way to go QQQ

  • Julie

    Yeah! Love that Rosie is coming back. I will definitely try to get to Chicago to be in the audience for that one! All these people talking trash about her don’t know anything about her. She’s a warm, loving human being who has done a lot of really amazing things to bring awareness to foster care, adoption, breast cancer and child abuse.

  • Wilson Ben-Wa

    Smell fish.

  • Gladaboutit

    Rosie, Rosie — welcome back! Love your stand-up, loved your talk show, love you on XM. Glad you’re back!

    • Gigi

      I can’t stand that pig! Her talk show was great but then she jumped on every bandwagon she could and insulted anyone who didn’t share her view. I won’t watch1 I’d rather stick a needle i myeye.

  • Samantha Cho

    She may take over Oprah’s studio, but she will not take over Oprah’s ratings!

  • Carolyn

    Oprah I am disappointed with your lack of awareness regarding your core audience’s opinion of such a polarizing person. This does not bode well for your network.

  • Stedman Winfrey

    Mr. Rosie O’Donnell will do great on his talk show. I’m glad he will be back on the air. Thanks Oprah for letting your boyfriend use your studio.

  • hombre

    Rosie fills a niche. I will take her over the FOX clown hodown. That being said, I can’t stand her.

  • It could be worse!

    Rosie is too caustic for my liking.. but maybe she’s grown up a little (or a lot). Hey, we could always have Chaz Bono to watch…

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