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Rosie O' Donnell Show Ends Her Show In High Gear
After an amazing six year run Rosie said finally said good-bye on May 22nd 2002 to all the fans of the hugely popular Rosie O'Donnell Show.
Rosie had occupied the moral high ground in the long-running daytime talk-show wars with her favorite topics: Broadway, children, extended families and charitable works, people and organizations. Even Tom Selleck would have shed a tear to see this last great bastion of decency go the way of Seinfeld and Michael Jordan - Leaving at the top of its game.
The last "Rosie O'Donnell Show" opened and closed with prerecorded tributes, although everything else was Live. The opener had Broadway stars and companies singing a salute to their biggest media benefactor; the closer had Tom Cruise, O'Donnell's "favorite human," mowing her lawn and offering her a glass of lemonade.
In between were guests Nathan Lane and Christine Ebersole, a lengthy film montage that mixed show highlights with personal and backstage footage to the tune of "Both Sides Now" and salutes to the host's everyday heroes, without whom, she said, her show "just would have been celebrity chat." - which is something that she never wanted it to be.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Lane, joking with O'Donnell about her recently revealed but poorly kept lifestyle secret, told her, "First of all, I didn't know you were gay. I would have looked for you at the meetings. "
It was a day to give and receive gifts. O'Donnell gave precipitously;
Donna her dresser and Joey her warm-up guy came up on stage and received the Emmys she recently won.
Then she gave Joey a fishing boat, Then Donna a PT Cruiser and rounded it off by giving everyone in the audience a good-bye bags that contained - yes - Tivo 2's - the world's greatest invention.(Or so they say).
Rosie has done for Broadway what Oprah Winfrey did for books, so it was just fitting that John Lithgow, star of "Sweet Smell of Success," gave her a present on behalf of every show and theater on Broadway. To the tune of "Hello, Dolly," he handed O'Donnell an oversize placard and sang, "Here's a lifetime pass, Rosie/For your Broadway-loving a-Rosie!"
But it wasn't until Nathan Lane came on that I really cried - but this time it was from laughing. "I'm sorry I'm not Tom Cruise," he said right off. "In fact, I'm sorry I'm not Penelope Cruz! This is the biggest gay celebration since Liza's wedding!"
It was her enthusiasm as a fan of Broadway, TV, movies and pop-culture personalities in general that set O'Donnell apart from the pack her very first day on the air six years ago. From start to finish, she let everyone know what excited and irritated her. Her fervor for both Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand eventually got both to appear on her show.
Nathan then brought out "Shane," a guy who looked like he'd escaped from Chippendale's. "Shane is my personal valet and aroma therapist," he cracked. Then, "Drop and give me twenty, Shane! No! Wait! Drop and I'll give you twenty!" Hell, I'd give him fifty! Daytime talk usually isn't so edgy but today Rosie could have picked up a KMart .22 and blasted some poor soul in the audience without anyone giving it so much as a passing mention.
Even though she's famous, Rosie is one of us - unlike Oprah or Martha. While they are perfectly perfect females who are so computer corrected on the covers of their magazines that they look like they have plastic skin, Rosie looks real. Extremely real - its a real shame that her Rosie magazine has taken a huge dive in sales after she announced her lesbianism, which seems to me like the viewers she courted were conservative right that rejected her after she showed them her true self.
Other notaries from this final show included: Barbara Streisand ,John Lithgow, Kelli Carpenter, Martha Stewart, Michael Jordan,Nathan Lane, Oprah Winfrey, Penelope Cruise, Penelope Cruse, Jerry Seinfeld,Tom Cruise and Tom Selleck,
Rosie will be missed - But we are am sure that she will return and, perhaps, reinventing herself all over again - until that day we can console ourselves with rerun Springer clips and Emeril's latest dish.
Now where's the remote control?
Rosie O'Donnell Biography:
Since premiering on June 10, 1996 to the highest debut ratings of any talk show this decade, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" has earned critical acclaim as well as a huge (and ever-growing) public following.
Newsweek has dubbed Rosie O'Donnell the "Queen of Nice," TV Guide has likened her to Johnny Carson.
She is one of People magazine's "Most Intriguing People of 1996", one of Ladies' Home Journal's "Fascinating Women of the Year," as well as one of Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 1996," and Entertainment Weekly named her 1996's "Entertainer of the Year." The hour-long, five-times-weekly syndicated show is a fresh, fun and welcome alternative to daytime television. In its short time on the air, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" already has succeeded in putting the variety back into daytime television. It's a good ol' fashioned talk/variety show -- only updated and revitalized for a whole new generation of television viewers and those who are looking for a purely entertaining hour of TV during the day. Guests run the gamut from motion picture, prime time and daytime superstars to recording artists, authors, sports heroes, newsmakers and pop culture icons. The first few months of the series featured a stellar and diverse lineup of guests, including: George Clooney, Cher, Tony Bennett, Tipper Gore, Elton John, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Meg Ryan, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Shaquille O'Neal, Gloria Estefan, Demi Moore, Anne Rice, Luther Vandross, Terry McMillan, Miss Piggy and Elmo, Rosie's role model Mike Douglas and Rosie's dream man Tom Cruise, to name just a few.
Music is also an important element of the show. In addition to "John McD and the McDLTs" (the show's five-piece band headed by Broadway's own John McDaniel), the series features live musical performances from recording artists, dancers and Broadway hits (i.e., "Rent," "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," "Stomp," "Chicago" and "The King & I"). And, at the drop of a hat, Rosie displays her uncanny memory for TV theme songs and commercials (from the most popular to the most obscure), and wonders out loud what she could have been if her head wasn't filled with all this "useless information." Popular recurring comedy bits include hilarious restaurant and movie reviews by Mort and Sylvia Drescher (parents of actress Fran), Koosh ball target contests and the occasional revamping of Groucho Marx's classic "Secret Word." Rosie creates a "kick-off-your-shoes-and-stay-awhile" atmosphere. While she may not soft-shoe through interviews, she has no intention of embarrassing guests or prying into the parts of their lives that they are uncomfortable discussing. Serving as executive producer with Rosie is talk show veteran Hilary Estey McLoughlin who brings a well-rounded background in development, marketing and current programming to the post. Estey McLoughlin has been with the program since its inception, playing an integral part in the development, launch and day-to-day production of the series in her former post as Vice President, Development, Telepictures Productions. The series, distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, has been cleared in more than 99% of the country. Originating from the NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" is a Kid Ro production in association with Telepictures Productions
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The Rosie O'Donnell show tapes Monday through Wednesday at 10am and Thursday at 10 am and 1:30pm
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Booking is now closed. Warner Bros already have enough fixed audience for the remainder of the shows.
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