Friday, June 21, 2013

Exodus International Head Alan Chambers Apologizes To Ex-Gay Survivors

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Via Queerty.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Rosie Show: Kathy Griffin On Oprah

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rosie O’Donnell Shares A Special Moment With A Fan

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rosie O’Donnell Aims to Save Oprah

The Advocate reports:

Rosie O’Donnell told journalists Friday that she thinks her daily evening talk show will give a boost to the floundering Oprah Winfrey Network. The Rosie Show, which is slated to air weeknights at 7 p.m., was changed from its original daytime slot. The network and O’Donnell herself seem to be banking on the show’s success, the Los Angeles Timesreports. Her own network talk show had a solid core audience, and when the lesbian comedian joinedThe View on ABC in 2006, ratings rose by double digits. Either way, O’Donnell said at the Television Critics Association press tour that she was done with broadcast networks for good after seeing NBC’s treatment of talk show host Conan O’Brien, who now has a nightly show on TBS.

And there’s no shame in saying it, cause she is. Love her!

Rosie O’Donnell Aims to Save Oprah

The Advocate reports:

Rosie O’Donnell told journalists Friday that she thinks her daily evening talk show will give a boost to the floundering Oprah Winfrey Network. 

The Rosie Show, which is slated to air weeknights at 7 p.m., was changed from its original daytime slot. The network and O’Donnell herself seem to be banking on the show’s success, the Los Angeles Timesreports. Her own network talk show had a solid core audience, and when the lesbian comedian joinedThe View on ABC in 2006, ratings rose by double digits. 

Either way, O’Donnell said at the Television Critics Association press tour that she was done with broadcast networks for good after seeing NBC’s treatment of talk show host Conan O’Brien, who now has a nightly show on TBS.

And there’s no shame in saying it, cause she is. Love her!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
 
Rosie Moving Into Trump Hotel
The Advocate reports:

When Rosie O’Donnell first relocates to Chicago to tape her new talk show for OWN in Oprah’s Harpo Studios, she’ll be resting her head at night in the penthouse suite of Donald Trump’s Windy City hotel.O’Donnell admitted to Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show the network will be putting her up there initially, something funny considering her years-long feud with the real estate mogul.O’Donnell also talked with Stern about her on-again, off-again relationship with girlfriend Tracy, saying they are on again. “We didn’t really break up. She just has six kids … and I have four. It’s insanity.”Read more about their conversation here. 

Awkward…
UPDATE: She’s not moving into a Trump’s hotel after all.

Rosie Moving Into Trump Hotel

The Advocate reports:

When Rosie O’Donnell first relocates to Chicago to tape her new talk show for OWN in Oprah’s Harpo Studios, she’ll be resting her head at night in the penthouse suite of Donald Trump’s Windy City hotel.
O’Donnell admitted to Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show the network will be putting her up there initially, something funny considering her years-long feud with the real estate mogul.
O’Donnell also talked with Stern about her on-again, off-again relationship with girlfriend Tracy, saying they are on again. “We didn’t really break up. She just has six kids … and I have four. It’s insanity.”Read more about their conversation here. 

Awkward…

UPDATE: She’s not moving into a Trump’s hotel after all.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rosie O’Donnell To Tape OWN Show At Oprah’s Chicago Harpo Studios

ydr.com reports:

 It’s going to be so long “O” and hello “Ro” in Chicago’s West Loop.Rosie O’Donnell, a multiple Emmy winner for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and former co-host of “The View,” is going to help fill the void at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios when Winfrey retires her nationally syndicated TV program after 25 seasons in May.Chicago Harpo employees were told Monday that O’Donnell’s new one-hour daytime talk show, set to launch this fall on cable’s OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will tape on Winfrey’s soon-to-be-vacated stage in the studio space at West Washington Boulevard and North Carpenter Street."Hello people of Harpo, it’s me, Rosie O’Donnell, star of ‘The Flintstones,’" O’Donnell said, referring to her 1994 film in a homemade video message shown to studio staff. "I just wanted to say: Hi, I’m coming to Chicago. Yes, I am, and I’m thrilled about it. And I get to work with all of you, who have created magnificent television for two decades-plus."A child could be heard in the background and O’Donnell paused to say, “Quiet, Mommy’s working.” Then she continued: “It’s a huge thrill for me, and I’m beyond the beyond. And thank you, Oprah. And thank all you people there, some of you who are going to be sticking around and helping us make a kick-ass show for the Oprah Winfrey Network. And that’s it: Thrilled, thanks, and I hope I didn’t blow the surprise. Figure you already knew. Right?”Winfrey, through a spokesman, said she was “delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I’ve called home” since January 1990."Speaking from experience, she will be working with the best team in television in one of the greatest cities in the world," said Winfrey, a co-owner of Los Angeles-based OWN with Discovery Communications.The cable channel launched in January. It has struggled to gain traction with viewers, although “Season 25: ‘Oprah’ Behind the Scenes” has developed a following in showing the hard work Harpo personnel have put into this final season of Winfrey’s syndicated program.It’s not yet known how many of the 355 Chicago employees who were working at Harpo as of the end of last year will be needed to work on O’Donnell’s program. OWN has bought 130 episodes for next season, the same number of new hours as Harpo’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is producing this season for CBS Television Distribution."We’re going to sit down and have some really detailed, creative conversations (about the new show) with Rosie," said Erik Logan, who shares the presidency of Harpo Productions with Sheri Salata. "Once we get a sense of that, we’ll know the appropriate way to staff it. The great news is we’ve got a tremendous talent pool right here at 110 N. Carpenter to draw from."We’ve got the people here who’ve been producing the No. 1 show in daytime for 25 years," he said. "Rosie is stepping into a terrific situation. We’re going to have the best team on television, as Oprah has said time and time again, taking on one of the most important shows for OWN."The O’Donnell announcement makes good a public promise Salata and Logan made in December 2009."For more than two decades, you have this relationship with Chicago — Chicago being our hometown city — so that is our charge here, to keep this Chicago studio strong," Salata told the Chicago Tribune at that time. "Without the ‘Oprah’ show, there definitely are some challenges to that."The new program will be produced by O’Donnell and Harpo Studios, which will name an executive producer later."Rosie, God love her, she is a TV baby and she jumped at the chance to bring her new show to the famous stage at 110 N. Carpenter and to have this team, Oprah’s team, produce her new show," said Salata, who is also executive producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."Lisa Erspamer, OWN’s chief creative officer, said in a statement that the channel is “pleased to have our partners at Harpo producing Rosie’s talk show,” calling O’Donnell “an incredible talent.”O’Donnell is a comedian, author, former magazine publisher, producer and actress who shot part of the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” in Chicago. She won six successive Daytime Emmys during her 1996-2002 run as host of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” in syndication. She also won a Primetime Emmy for her work on the 1998 Tony Awards telecast and co-hosted ABC’s “The View” between Meredith Vieira’s exit in 2006 and Whoopi Goldberg’s arrival in 2007.Currently host of a regular program on Sirius XM Radio, O’Donnell has been an activist in drawing attention to issues such as gay adoption and her charitable organization, Rosie’s Theater Kids, provides arts education to underserved youths.

Rosie O’Donnell To Tape OWN Show At Oprah’s Chicago Harpo Studios

ydr.com reports:

 It’s going to be so long “O” and hello “Ro” in Chicago’s West Loop.
Rosie O’Donnell, a multiple Emmy winner for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and former co-host of “The View,” is going to help fill the void at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios when Winfrey retires her nationally syndicated TV program after 25 seasons in May.
Chicago Harpo employees were told Monday that O’Donnell’s new one-hour daytime talk show, set to launch this fall on cable’s OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will tape on Winfrey’s soon-to-be-vacated stage in the studio space at West Washington Boulevard and North Carpenter Street.
"Hello people of Harpo, it’s me, Rosie O’Donnell, star of ‘The Flintstones,’" O’Donnell said, referring to her 1994 film in a homemade video message shown to studio staff. "I just wanted to say: Hi, I’m coming to Chicago. Yes, I am, and I’m thrilled about it. And I get to work with all of you, who have created magnificent television for two decades-plus."
A child could be heard in the background and O’Donnell paused to say, “Quiet, Mommy’s working.” Then she continued: “It’s a huge thrill for me, and I’m beyond the beyond. And thank you, Oprah. And thank all you people there, some of you who are going to be sticking around and helping us make a kick-ass show for the Oprah Winfrey Network. And that’s it: Thrilled, thanks, and I hope I didn’t blow the surprise. Figure you already knew. Right?”
Winfrey, through a spokesman, said she was “delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I’ve called home” since January 1990.
"Speaking from experience, she will be working with the best team in television in one of the greatest cities in the world," said Winfrey, a co-owner of Los Angeles-based OWN with Discovery Communications.
The cable channel launched in January. It has struggled to gain traction with viewers, although “Season 25: ‘Oprah’ Behind the Scenes” has developed a following in showing the hard work Harpo personnel have put into this final season of Winfrey’s syndicated program.
It’s not yet known how many of the 355 Chicago employees who were working at Harpo as of the end of last year will be needed to work on O’Donnell’s program. OWN has bought 130 episodes for next season, the same number of new hours as Harpo’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is producing this season for CBS Television Distribution.
"We’re going to sit down and have some really detailed, creative conversations (about the new show) with Rosie," said Erik Logan, who shares the presidency of Harpo Productions with Sheri Salata. "Once we get a sense of that, we’ll know the appropriate way to staff it. The great news is we’ve got a tremendous talent pool right here at 110 N. Carpenter to draw from.
"We’ve got the people here who’ve been producing the No. 1 show in daytime for 25 years," he said. "Rosie is stepping into a terrific situation. We’re going to have the best team on television, as Oprah has said time and time again, taking on one of the most important shows for OWN."
The O’Donnell announcement makes good a public promise Salata and Logan made in December 2009.
"For more than two decades, you have this relationship with Chicago — Chicago being our hometown city — so that is our charge here, to keep this Chicago studio strong," Salata told the Chicago Tribune at that time. "Without the ‘Oprah’ show, there definitely are some challenges to that."
The new program will be produced by O’Donnell and Harpo Studios, which will name an executive producer later.
"Rosie, God love her, she is a TV baby and she jumped at the chance to bring her new show to the famous stage at 110 N. Carpenter and to have this team, Oprah’s team, produce her new show," said Salata, who is also executive producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Lisa Erspamer, OWN’s chief creative officer, said in a statement that the channel is “pleased to have our partners at Harpo producing Rosie’s talk show,” calling O’Donnell “an incredible talent.”
O’Donnell is a comedian, author, former magazine publisher, producer and actress who shot part of the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” in Chicago. She won six successive Daytime Emmys during her 1996-2002 run as host of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” in syndication. She also won a Primetime Emmy for her work on the 1998 Tony Awards telecast and co-hosted ABC’s “The View” between Meredith Vieira’s exit in 2006 and Whoopi Goldberg’s arrival in 2007.
Currently host of a regular program on Sirius XM Radio, O’Donnell has been an activist in drawing attention to issues such as gay adoption and her charitable organization, Rosie’s Theater Kids, provides arts education to underserved youths.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dan Savage On The Gayle King Show - “It Gets Better!”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Why Not?" With Shania Twain - OWN

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
 
OWN reveals premiere date for ‘Becoming Chaz’
Los Angeles Times reports:

OWN announced a premiere date Monday for the documentary “Becoming Chaz.”The first in the network’s upcoming monthly Documentary Film Club, “Becoming Chaz” will air at 8 p.m. May 10 and will follow Bono’s journey undergoing sex reassignment surgery.The premiere will be followed by a special hosted by Rosie O’Donnell in which she will interview Bono, girlfriend Jennifer Elia, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and other people who have undergone transgender operations.Before its television airing, “Becoming Chaz” hit the circuit at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Here’s what what we had to say about it then.

Can’t wait!

OWN reveals premiere date for ‘Becoming Chaz’

Los Angeles Times reports:

OWN announced a premiere date Monday for the documentary “Becoming Chaz.”
The first in the network’s upcoming monthly Documentary Film Club, “Becoming Chaz” will air at 8 p.m. May 10 and will follow Bono’s journey undergoing sex reassignment surgery.
The premiere will be followed by a special hosted by Rosie O’Donnell in which she will interview Bono, girlfriend Jennifer Elia, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and other people who have undergone transgender operations.
Before its television airing, “Becoming Chaz” hit the circuit at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Here’s what what we had to say about it then.

Can’t wait!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

EX-GAY FALSEHOODS: Truth Wins Out Rips Lisa Ling’s Pray Away The Gay Show

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Virgin “Ex-Gay”

Ok, first: I don’t think you can call yourself a “former-whatever” when you’ve never been on the field before. Second: Virgin at 26? Sure. Third: “I should’ve iron my shirt”?! Honey, you ain’t an “Ex-Gay”, you’re still (and will be) a big queen. And lastly but not the least: Why do people still look for answers about sexuality at churches or other kind of religious institutions?  Don’t y’all know religious people are the most sexually repressed people out there? Specially Christians. So, why don’t we all just ignore those who wanna live by the rules that people in the Bronze Age set and just come to terms with who we really are. Let’s just listen out to reasonable people. And we can’t tolerate intolerance.

Lisa Ling Takes on “Ex-Gays”

The Advocate reports:

As a former co-host of The View and host of National Geographic Explorer, Lisa Ling is accustomed to provocative and dangerous terrain. However, where gay viewers are concerned, few territories prove as treacherous as the “ex-gay” movement and its belief that gay people can be “cured,” an idea she explores in the latest episode of Our America With Lisa Ling, her new series on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Poor guy. I mean, people are free to do whatever they want to do with their lives. But when it comes to deny who you are, is always a dangerous thing to do cause it always ends up hurting people by simply offering something/someone that ain’t real. But those who should be held accountable for those tragedies are those who brain-washed those poor, desperate, with low self-steem, superstitious and ignorant people. In this case is Exodus. Shame on them. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Oprah Buys Chaz Bono Doc

The Advocate reports:

Before the movie debuts at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, Oprah Winfrey’s cable upstart OWN,has snapped up the rights to Becoming Chaz, a documentary that follows Chaz Bono’s gender reassignment journey.
Deadline reports that OWN is planning a major party at the festival and will announce the acquisition there.
The film is directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the duo behind The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Inside Deep Throat, and Party Monster.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Huffington Post reports:

 

  • Oprah said in an interview that she gave a warning to Rosie O’Donnell before moving ahead with Rosie’s show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
  • In an interview with FORTUNE’s Pattie Sellers, Oprah said she visited Rosie in June along with Tom Freston and OWN execs Christina Norman and Lisa Erspamer.
  • "Rosie said, ‘I know you’re here to assess how crazy I am.’ I said, ‘Basically, yes. I’m doing a crazy check,’" Oprah said.
  • Sellers writes that Oprah “warned” the controversial host that “she had better behave on OWN.”
  • "If you have an issue that’s causing a problem, speak to me, woman to woman, so that it doesn’t become a worldwide issue," Oprah recalls telling Rosie.
  • Oprah, who described Rosie as “so generous as a mother,” said she’s not worried that Rosie will alienate viewers:
  • Isn’t Oprah worried that Rosie will be too brash and polarizing on OWN? “No, it doesn’t worry me,” Oprah replies. Does she think about it? “Of course,” she says, crisply.
  • Rosie had a complicated relationship with her last TV mother figure, Barbara Walters.
  • "We had our ups and downs," Walters has said, “but I have enormous affection for Rosie, and I think she’s a great talent.”
  • "I do love [Barbara], and that’s the bottom line: love is complicated," Rosie has said.

I can’t wait to watch Rosie’s new show. I’m not really sure if it indeed won’t polarize viewers. Rosie is well known for her political point of views, not to mention that she could be loud (I’m not complaining, I love that about her). But what I’m sure is that it’s gonna be a great show with great quality.

As I said, I can’t wait!