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Rosie O'Donnell Announces Return of Her Show for One Night to Raise Money for the Actors Fund

Joe Akins
Mar 20, 2020
09:30 P.M.

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, TV show host Rosie O'Donnell champions a revival of her award-winning show to raise money for "The Actors Fund."


Rosie O'Donnell is a superstar comedian and TV show host, popularly known for her daytime talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" that aired for six years from 1996 to 2002.

Rosie O'Donnell attends the Broadway opening night of 'Oklahoma' at Circle on April 07, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Rosie O'Donnell attends the Broadway opening night of 'Oklahoma' at Circle on April 07, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

The five-time Daytime Emmy award-winning show is set for a one-night revival to raise money for "The Actors Fund," an initiative that supports actors and behind-the-scenes workers in the entertainment industry. The 57-year-old TV personality recently announced her intentions for the revival in a tweet, she said:

"Sunday night, 7 pm broadway.com and youtube/broadway.com - we will be raising money for The Actors Fund - don't miss it…"


Rosie's decision to host a revival is a result of the ongoing pandemic, which is hitting industries hard, including the entertainment industry. In a statement to HuffPost, Rosie explained how the New York theater, Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in her life since she was a little girl, and now she wants to give back:

"After all Broadway has given to the world, now ― in this time of tremendous need ― it's our turn to give something back."


The show is scheduled for 7 pm on Sunday, and will feature brilliant acts like Nei Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Darren Chris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Porter…

Safety protocols will be observed on Sunday night, as all the artists will be performing live from their respective homes. In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, all theaters on Broadway were shut down temporarily, and this announcement from Rosie will definitely put a smile on a lot of faces.


Not too long ago, Rosie O'Donnell took to Twitter to express displeasure regarding her former co-host's return to the TV show, "The View."

Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie were co-hosts on "The View" back in 2006, and Rosie was not pleased to see her return to the show. She tweeted," oh dear god -- not again -- enough with her" in response to a tweet regarding Elisabeth's recent presence on the show.


Hasselbeck and Rosie had a huge falling out on air in 2007 due to divergent opinions regarding the 2007 Iraq war. The feud between the two ladies didn't end there. Years later, Rosie confessed to having a non-romantic crush on Hasselbeck during their time on the show together, and Hasselbeck replied saying Rosie's comments were "disturbing," thus igniting another feud.

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