It’s baby number five for Rosie O’Donnell!
The comedian and wife Michelle Rounds welcomed daughter Dakota this week via adoption, Rosie’s rep revealed to Access Hollywood on Wednesday.
Born on January 5, Dakota weighed in at five pounds, five ounces.
Rosie, Michelle and little Dakota are “happy and healthy,” the rep told Access.
The former talk show host shared a photo of herself with Michelle and their new baby on her Instagram on Wednesday with the caption, “we r thrilled to announce the arrival of r daughter Dakota -#withloveandthanks — AMEN.”
Rosie and Michelle secretly married in a private ceremony in June 2012, after Michelle was diagnosed with desmoid tumors. The newlyweds announced the happy news in late August.
Rosie, who last appeared on the small screen on OWN hosting “The Rosie Show,” previously dated Tracy Kachtick-Anders until they split in 2011.
She was also with longtime partner Kelli Carpenter from 2004 to 2007.
Rosie and Kelli have four children together – Parker, Chelsea and Blake, who were all adopted and Vivienne Rose, who Kelli gave birth to in 2002.
from Access Hollywood
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It’s baby number five for Rosie O’Donnell!
Calling it a “miracle” she’s still alive, Rosie O’Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and is now recovering at home.
O’Donnell, 50, credited her survival to quick Internet research on her painful symptoms and a Bayer aspirin she had seen recommended in ads.
“Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally,” she wrote Monday in her usual verse form on her blog.
O’Donnell said she had a stent inserted after doctors found that her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked. In a statement on Monday, her rep Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE, “She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky.”
“They call this type of heart attack/the Widow Maker/i am lucky to be here,” she wrote.
Earlier this month, O’Donnell, 50, shared the news that her fiancée Michelle Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a very rare affliction.
O’Donnell said her own health problems started on Aug. 14 after she helped “an enormous woman” struggling to get out of her car in a parking lot in Nyack, N.Y.
A few hours later, her chest ached, both arms felt sore as if they were bruised, she became nauseous, and had clammy skin.
“maybe this is a heart attack,” she wrote. “i googled womens heart attack symptoms/i had many of them/but really? – i thought – naaaa.”
She took the aspirin recommended for people who think they are suffering a heart attack but didn’t call 911. She said that hundreds of thousands of women die each year of heart attacks and that many never dial the emergency number.
“by some miracle i was not one of them,” she wrote, adding: “know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so easily ignore/CALL 911/save urself.”
from People Magazine
With dismal ratings on the little-watched network, Oprah Winfrey pulls the plug on O’Donnell’s five-month-old talker.
The daily show will tape its final episode on Tuesday, March 20 to air on Friday, March 30 in its 7 p.m. time slot. The news of its demise comes two months after the ailing network announced it had hired Shane Farley (Rachel Ray, Rosie O’Donnell Show) to replace Page Hurwitz as the show’s executive producer and would move Rosie into a significantly smaller 70-seat studio. The latter was a bid to inspire a sense of intimacy and lower costs on a series that is averaging 190,000 viewers.
“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day,” said OWN chief Oprah Winfrey in a statement. “As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all.”
Added O’Donnell: “I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago. I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me — I wish the show was able to attract more viewers — but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York — with gratitude. On we go!”
The show, often dubbed O’Donnell’s second act, was designed as a break from the traditional talk show format. “It’s not going to be your average show where three celebrities come on promoting something and you’ll see them on Letterman and Regis and all those other shows,” O’Donnell promised in a discussion with the press before the show’s fall launch. Her goal was to provide a platform in which her subjects could talk more freely about things other than the film or TV series premiering that week.
Despite heavy hype surrounding the show, once viewed as a big “get” for cable network given O’Donnell’s talk show past, it failed to catch on with viewers. In addition to location and personnel changes, the show’s format has been tweaked in the hopes of goosing ratings. Among the recent changes were more one-on-one interviews and the elimination of the show’s game show segment.
from The Hollywood Reporter
Rosie O’Donnell’s Talk Show All Ready Getting A Makeover
Rosie O’Donnell’s New OWN Talk Show Soft In Ratings Debut
On the air for just three months, and already Rosie O’Donnell’s ratings-challenged OWN show is getting a makeover.
The struggling cable network announced Wednesday that it had hired Emmy-winning producer and former O’Donnell collaborator Shane Farley (Rachel Ray, Rosie O’Donnell Show) to replace Page Hurwitz as executive producer of The Rosie Show. What’s more, the Chicago-based talk show is moving into a significantly smaller 70-seat studio, a bid to inspire a sense of intimacy and lower costs on a series that now averages just more than 200,000 viewers. The new space will feature O’Donnell’s own art and photos and is said to be inspired by her home art studio in New York.
“I was a guest on Andy Cohen’s show Watch What Happens Live recently and I loved the homey feel of his set and the intimacy of his smaller audience,” O’Donnell said of Cohen’s space, a key ingredient to the success of his low-budget late-night series on Bravo. “I wanted to re-create that laid-back feeling, less about performing for a huge audience and more about having a one-on-one conversation.”
Added Farley, ““I was fortunate to work with Rosie on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and I jumped at the opportunity to work with her again in this new capacity… she is genuinely the funniest person I know and what’s even better, she thinks like a producer, which is why I’m looking forward to working with her on her OWN show.”
The set will no longer have space for a band, though musical director Katreese Barnes will continue to create original music from behind the scenes. Another piece of the new look designed to draw viewers to the fledgling network: a growing social media presence that will have the veteran host continue to live Tweet and Facebook during the show.
from The Hollywood Reporter
Rosie O’Donnell has a lot to celebrate.
The TV star, 49, not only launched The Rosie Show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network in October, but now she’s preparing to say “I do” to girlfriend Michelle Rounds.
She broke the news to her audience Monday during a break set aside for commercials during the taping of her show in a Chicago studio. Her rep later confirmed it to PEOPLE.
On Friday, she posted a photo of Rounds on her Instagram page with the word “love.” She also Tweeted a link – this time with the caption “happy – in love” – of her new fiancée the same day.
The duo met earlier this year at a Starbucks. In October, O’Donnell joked that her “gaydar was way off” because she thought Rounds was heterosexual and just 28 years old, when really she is a gay woman and 40.
“It’s fun and very exciting,” O’Donnell recently said about the relationship. “I did not expect it.”
from People Magazine
Rosie O’Donnell Shows Off New Girlfriend
Rosie O’Donnell’s new daily talk show on OWN debuted Monday night. How did it do in the ratings?
With Russell Brand as the first guest on O’Donnell’s 7 p.m. series, The Rosie Show lured 497,000 total viewers to its premiere telecast. That number — though a vast improvement from the previous year when it was still Discovery Health — is down significantly from the premiere of Shania Twain’s unscripted series Why Not? With Shania Twain, which drew 839,000, for a point of comparison. (It should be noted that The Rosie Show airs five days a week, while Twain’s series was broadcast weekly on Sundays.) Our America With Lisa Ling launched to 574,000 earlier this year on a Tuesday, before rising 24 percent to 733,000 in its second week.
Among women 25-54, The Rosie Show drew a 0.44 rating. Broadcast across five Discovery networks at 7 p.m., including TLC, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Fit & Health and Planet Green, the talker averaged 1.5 million.
“The thing to know about Rosie O’Donnell is that she gets it. She’s done a standard talk show – her own, which ran for years. She’s done The View a show calculated in so many ways. O’Donnell knows the formula at work in these kinds of shows. So when she signed on with Oprah to get back in the game with her own show on Oprah’s OWN, there must have been a part of her that knew she could do something vastly different, perhaps even fresher,” reviewed The Hollywood Reporter’s chief TV critic Tim Goodman.
He added, “I don’t think Rosie stumbled at all in this first show. I think she was herself. I think the looseness is an asset. And if anyone tinkers with that, they’ll be making a huge mistake.”
Following The Rosie Show, Oprah’s Lifeclass — airing weeknights at 8 p.m. — debuted to 333,000 viewers on OWN and dipped just slightly among women 25-54 (0.4) from its lead-in. When the five networks’ simulcast is tallied up, the hourlong drew 1.2 million. Notably, Lifeclass counted 250,000 streams to its live webcast on Oprah.com and through Oprah Winfrey and OWN’s Facebook pages.
“The new fall season on OWN is off to an encouraging start,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN. “This is the next right step as we continue to build the network.”
The Rosie Show marks the network’s first daily talk show.
from The Hollywood Reporter
Rosie O’Donnell has a new girlfriend – and they met at Starbucks!
O’Donnell, who returns to TV Oct. 10 with a new talk program, The Rosie Show, on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, introduced her new girlfriend Michelle Rounds Monday night at O’Donnell’s annual Rosie Theater Kids Gala in New York City.
“They met at a Starbucks a few months ago,” a source tells PEOPLE. “They are adorable together and are very, very happy.”
An upbeat O’Donnell, 49, joked onstage at the gala that she had just bought a new red bra “with the underpants that match and everything.”
Rounds is a corporate head hunter for an IT company in N.Y.C. O’Donnell has four children with former partner Kelli Carpenter, whom she married in 2004. They separated three years later.
from People Magazine
Last night news broke that Broadway veteran Rosie O’Donnell would not be renting at a Donald Trump property after Trump stated in numerous media interviews that he is against ‘marriage and civil benefits’ for gay and lesbian couples.
This comes after GLAAD launched an online pledge to ‘Tune Out Trump’ and posted a list of Trump-owned properties: http://www.glaad.org/trump.
GLAAD made the following statement on the situation: “Rosie O’Donnell has sent an important message to the majority of Americans – gay and straight – who don’t agree with Donald Trump’s statements against marriage equality for all loving and committed couples,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Fair-minded people should think twice about supporting a businessman who courts our dollars but advocates denying gay and lesbian couples protections that all families need to take care of each other.”
Last week CNN/Opinion Research Corporation released polling data indicating that most (51%) Americans now support marriage equality. The New York Times called it “the fourth credible poll in the past eight months to show an outright majority of Americans in favor of” marriage.
After formally taking a break from the comedy circuit in 1995, O’Donnell went onto host the Emmy winning The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The View and star on Broadway in GREASE. Additional Broadway credits for the star include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, TABOO, and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. O’Donnell is currently emceeing her own raodio show, Rosie Radio, on Sirius XM Radio.
from Broadway World
Rosie O’Donnell doesn’t think Chris Brown was out of line for trashing his dressing room at Good Morning America last month.
“I don’t know why this kid seems to be held to a different standard than anybody else,” O’Donnell said on her Sirius XM radio show.
“I felt mildly angry at Robin Roberts,” she continued of the anchor, who angered Brown by asking him about his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. “I felt like writing her and going: ‘Can you take a look at this again and see if maybe you find — in any way — your responsibility in this?’”
She says she doesn’t “blame him” for not going back on the show despite Roberts’ invitation.
O’Donnell — who will take over Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studio to launch her own talk show on OWN — never mentioned Brown’s relationship with Rihanna. But she did say she identified with him.
“Part of me wanted to take a chair and throw it through the window at The View after all that happened,” she said of her troubled one-year stint as moderator of the ABC daytime show.
“But, you know, there are no windows down there in that rat-infested cellar. Remember that cellar we were in?” O’Donnell said to her radio producer.
“But you forget that the cellar was on the second floor,” the producer said. “There was just no windows.”
“There were no windows,” O’Donnell repeated. “It was like a prison.”
from The Hollywood Reporter
Here’s the story…of two lovely ladies!
Rosie O’Donnell and new girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders share a whopping ten kids between them! “Tracy has six kids, she lives next door,” O’Donnell, 48, told UsMagazine.com at Monday’s Rosie’s Building Dreams for Kids Gala in NYC. The comic herself has four kids — Parker, 15, Chelsea, 13, Blake, 10, and Vivienne, 7 — with ex partner Kelli Carpenter.
“[Tracy's] oldest is out of the house,” O’Donnell explained. “So it’s nine total. It’s a lot! We’re the Gay-dy Bunch!”
O’Donnell said the blended family arrangement is going “really good…It’s a challenge, but when you fall in love with someone, they come with a whole bunch of things, including children.” An artist, writer, inventor and midwife, Katchick-Anders has one biological child and five adopted kids.
“Part of the reason I fell in love with her was her love of kids,” the comic gushed. “She was a foster mom and took in 12, 13 kids, and adopted a whole bunch as well. She’s pretty amazing,” she said, adding that their relationship is going “very well.”
A rep for the star confirmed the couple’s relationship in late December, about a month after O’Donnell announced that she and Carpenter had been living apart for two years.
Another new chapter for O’Donnell: a new show premiering on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in January. She told Us the series will “be a single topic, one hour, daily strip in the afternoon. Real people, real topics, what America is talking about. It won’t be too much celebrities, or guests promoting something,” she explained. “We’ll do everything from autism to losing weight to what’s happening with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. It’ll be a whole spectrum of stuff, similar to what [Oprah] does.”
from US Magazine
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Comedian, actress, talk show host, philanthropist, gay rights activist and mother to four kids, Rosie O’Donnell is no stranger to controversy.
Her strong personality and liberal views often tend to polarize Americans. But O’Donnell is showing off her softer side in a TV documentary playing throughout February on HBO about the many different types of families in modern America — including her own.
O’Donnell, 47, talked to Reuters about the making of “A Family Is a Family Is a Family”, her affection for children, dislike of bras and make-up, and the recent break-up of her long relationship with partner Kelli Carpenter.
Q: What did you learn from making this film?
A: “I learned that I love kids. To be around kids, for me there is nothing better. My youngest is 7 years-old now. It is heartbreaking. I miss that age. I really do. I’m thinking, ‘Dear Lord, is 47 too old to adopt another baby?’”
Q: Is that something that is on the horizon?
A: “It is always on the horizon. There is a lot of room on the raft, and if we could pull some kids out and put them on board, I am all for that.”
Q: The TV documentary includes home video of you and Kelli and your kids. Why did you decide to keep that section in after splitting up with Kelli some time ago?
A: “Kelli and I had been working on what kind of arrangement our family was going to proceed in for the last two and a half years. I never once thought to stop doing the documentary.
“It is different when gay people with children separate. It is not as dramatic as what you stereotypically think with heterosexuals, where one person walks out … It was more of a collaborative effort of how are we going to proceed and make sure of the most important thing, — which is that the emotional health, the heart and soul of these kids, remains intact. I think the greatest thing you can teach your child is how to deal with adversity because that’s what life is full of. Even though change is scary, sometimes it is necessary.”
Q: What do you think the reaction will be to the documentary?
A: “I haven’t had anyone tell me anything other than they love it. This is so kid positive. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been moved by it.”
Q: Are you bothered by some of the negative comments made about you?
A: “I don’t really remember my life without entertainment and showbusiness and public opinion being part of it. To say it doesn’t hurt my feelings when someone says something horrible is a lie. But to say that it devastates me is an untruth. When you are a young kid and you dream of fame and fortune, you never think of that part of it.”
Q: What’s the biggest wrong impression other people have about you?
A: “I don’t know. I kind of speak about things before people are ready to talk about them.”
Q: You started a satellite radio show in November. How are you enjoying that?
A: “I love it. I get to do it at home. I get to have my friends around. I get to invite people I really want to talk to. And most important, there is no hair, no make-up and no bra! Those are the three best things you can offer me in a job.”
Q: What is the first thing you think about in the morning?
A: “Where the kids are. Who is up.”
Rosie O’Donnell is off the market!
The comedian and former TV talk show host – who in mid-November revealed that her longtime partner Kelli Carpenter moved out of their home two years ago – is now dating Tracy Kachtick-Anders, a Texas-based artist, O’Donnell’s rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The pair were spotted walking hand-in-hand in Miami Beach on Tuesday.
Last month, when asked if she was enjoying the single life, O’Donnell, 47, told PEOPLE, “I’m not. But on we grow, so to speak.”
And in October, in an interview with Examiner.com, Kachtick-Anders said, “Maybe for a future plan, I’d like a date with an inspiring woman!”
Like O’Donnell, Kachtick-Anders is active in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parenting and adoption issues. She launched Open Arms Campaign, a non-profit organization to recruit and foster adoptive families that targets the LGBT community. “I have become an activist and work to educate everyone, not only about the plight of foster children,” she wrote on TheRainbowBabies.com, “but also the inequality that faces LGBT people in their quest to create families.” Kachtick-Anders has six children, five of whom are adopted, according to the Examiner.com.
O’Donnell, meanwhile, is gearing up for the airing on HBO in late January of A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration, a documentary that challenges the traditional ideas of family.
from People Magazine
Rosie O’Donnell has confirmed to Lifeline Live that she and partner Kelli Carpenter, 42, are on the rocks.
In an interview at her Nyack, N.Y., compound Tuesday, USA TODAY’s Ann Oldenburg asked if the two had split — she has been hinting at it in her blog — and O’Donnell didn’t deny it, saying, “We’re a family. We will remain a family forever. And we are working on our issues.”
O’Donnell, 47, wouldn’t go into detail about whether Carpenter had moved out of their Nyack home and into Manhattan, as the National Enquirer reported in August. (She was not around during the interview.)
“We’re a family, we remain a family and we’re working on the issues,” O’Donnell reiterated, noting that there are four children whose well-being comes before anything. The couple married in San Francisco in 2004 and have three adopted children — Parker, 14, Chelsea, 12 and Blake, 9, as well as Vivienne (“Vivi”), 6, whom Carpenter carried.
“They’re adorable and wonderful and they are by far a priority,” O’Donnell said. “Kelli and I love each other very much and we are working on our issues. Those are the only words I am ever going to say. Ever. And that is something that has been agreed upon by all parties,” she said, tears collecting in her eyes. “But everything’s fine and everybody’s good and we’re still both raising them together. We will both continue to parent them and we’re friendly and everything’s all right.”
from USA Today