CHICAGO (Reuters) - Rosie O’Donnell will base her new, hour-long TV talk show at Oprah Winfrey’s soon-to-be vacated space at Harpo Studios in Chicago, with the program airing on Winfrey’s OWN cable network this fall, the studio said on Tuesday.
“I’m delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I’ve called home for so many years,” said Winfrey, who has announced her final show will be on May 25, ending her 25-year run as the queen of daytime talk.
Winfrey’s OWN cable television network debuted January 1 in around 80 million homes, and the media mogul will focus on it.
A comedian, actress, author, and activist, O’Donnell, 49, won six Daytime Emmy awards for her syndicated TV talk show that ran from 1996 to 2002.
“Harpo is a world class studio and I can’t wait to do my show from Chicago,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true.”
O’Donnell currently hosts a two-hour radio show, “Rosie Radio,” on Sirius XM Radio. She squabbled with co-host Barbara Walters during a brief stint on ABC’s “The View,” on which she appeared after Meredith Vieira left the show and before Whoopi Goldberg joined.
Besides producing “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Harpo Studios helped develop the programs “Dr. Phil” and “Rachael Ray,” and the studio also produces “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Nate Berkus Show.”
“Speaking from experience, she will be working with the best team in television in one of the greatest cities in the world,” Winfrey said.
A new set will be built for O’Donnell while some elements of Winfrey’s stage will go to the Smithsonian Institution, the studio said.
There has been concern in Chicago about the fate of Harpo’s studios and employees who do not join Winfrey in California at OWN.
Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte