Rosie O'Donnell to Take Over Oprah's Studio for New Talk Show

Entertainment Mar. 29, 2011 AT 9:40AM
Rosie O'Donnell to Take Over Oprah's Studio for New Talk Show Credit: OWN/Photographer Connie Scheer

Rosie has a new home at Harpo!

When Rosie O'Donnell makes her return to daytime television this fall, her surroundings will look somewhat familiar. For her new talk show on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), O'Donnell will take up residence in the same Harpo Studios location where Winfrey broadcast her own show for the last 25 years.

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"I'm delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I've called home for so many years," Winfrey, 57, tells UsMagazine.com in a statement. "Speaking from experience, she will be working with the best team in television in one of the greatest cities in the world."

O'Donnell, 49, who won six consecutive Daytime Emmys for her work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, is just as thrilled to relocate.

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"Harpo is a world class studio and I can't wait to do my show from Chicago," she says. "It's a dream come true…beyond the beyond. Thank you, Oprah!"

Harpo will produce 130 original hour-long episodes of O'Donnell's self-proclaimed "kick-ass" new series, but not before production on The Oprah Winfrey Show wraps and the final episode airs May 25.

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Why did Winfrey make the momentous decision to end her series now?

"25 years feels right in my bones and my spirit," she told her studio audience in November 2009. "It's the perfect number, the exact right time."

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By Allison Corneau for UsMagazine.com. For more Channel Surfing, click here.

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