updated 03/29/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/29/2011 AT 10:20 AM ET
The Titans of Talk unite!
“I just wanted to say hi, and I’m coming to Chicago,” O’Donnell said in the video blog. “It’s a huge thrill for me, and I’m beyond the beyond,” said the actor, writer and comedienne, who won six Emmys in a row for her previous talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which ran from 1996-2002.
The former host of The View – who openly clashed with the politics of co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck – showed no nerves about filling in for Winfrey, who steps down this fall after 25 years. Instead, O’Donnell was brimming with anticipation and gratitude. “Thank you Oprah, and thank all of you who will be sticking around and helping us make a kick-ass show for the Oprah Winfrey Network,” she said, even stopping at one point to tell her child, “Quiet. Mommy’s working.”
It seems Winfrey’s Harpo Networks have plenty of confidence in O’Donnell: the Chicago-based studio has already purchased 130 episodes of future talk show.
Said Winfrey in a statement: “I’m delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I’ve called home for so many years. Speaking from experience, she will be working with the best team in television in one of the greatest cities in the world.”
What should viewers expect? Oh, just life-changing TV.
As O’Donnell stated earlier this month when buzz around her show began to grow: “I want to build on what Oprah began and excelled at for 25 years, in my own style and with new adaptations and ideas. I would like this show to make a difference in viewer’s lives, to be real, uplifting, authentic and focus on life, love and laughter.”