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Rosie O'Donnell Returns To TV

Posted: 04/23/2012 12:01 pm

Rosie O'Donnell has been keeping a low profile since her talk show on Oprah Winfrey's network was canceled. She had hoped to return to Broadway as Miss Hannigan in "Annie," but announced after auditioning that she wouldn't be treading the boards. So what does Rosie plan to do next? Return to TV.

"On Tuesday, Rosie will be joining Star Jones and ex-advertising man Donny Deutsch on the 'Today' show's 'The Professionals' panel in the 8 a.m. hour," a friend of Rosie's tells me. "She is super excited to be answering viewers' questions and isn't afraid to share her opinion on a whole host of topics."

"The Professionals" was a Star Jones idea that Executive Producer Jim Bell has turned into a regular feature. In fact, the segment has been so popular that there has even been talk of adding a fifth hour to "Today" that would be hosted by the "Professionals" panel.

"Everyone from Sarah Palin to Hoda and Kathie Lee has joined the panel, and now it is Rosie's turn," a friend of Star's tells me. "If she does as great a job as everyone expects, you know for sure Star will want her back as a regular. And who would say no to the 'Today' show?"

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