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Rosie O'Donnell gets a crazy check from Oprah; talks new love

Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah Winfrey announce OWN's "The Rosie Show"

Rosie O'Donnell's big return to television comes Monday in the form of "The Rosie Show" for Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network -- but the time slot came with a little mental health check from the boss.

When first approached by Winfrey come back to the small screen, O'Donnell invited the daytime queen to her home for a four-hour meeting. After they decided to work together, O'Donnell asked Oprah, "Tell me the truth, did you come here to see if I was insane?"

"She said, 'A little bit,'" O'Donnell told "Nightline."

Glad they cleared that up! O'Donnell has been on a considerable media tour hyping the 7 p.m. nightly program, on which she'll interview celebs, highlight musical acts and button up each broadcast with a mini game show.

In addition to the new job, O'Donnell has a new love in her life: New York-based executive Michelle Rounds.

"I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that's what she looked like to me," O'Donnell said of their summer meet-cute at a Starbucks.

"She's a 40-year-old gay woman ... . I think that if I would have known she was gay I wouldn't have been brave enough to talk to her." 

Check out more of O'Donnell's "Nightline" chat below.

  

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-- Matt Donnelly
twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Rosie O'Donnell, left, and Oprah Winfrey in September at a Chicago news conference announcing "The Rosie Show." Credit: M. Spencer Green / Associated Press


 
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