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09/30/2011 09:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rosie O'Donnell's First Guest On New Show: Russell Brand

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced on Thursday that Russell Brand will be the inaugural guest on Rosie O'Donnell's new program, "The Rosie Show," set to premiere on OWN on October 10, 2011.

"The Rosie Show" will appear nightly at 7:00 pm (ET/PT). Winfrey entrusted O'Donnell to host a new talk show for her budding network, even allowing Rosie to use her beloved studio which aired "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for 25 years. O'Donnell has been preparing for her new show around the clock, and recently cited estrogen pills as helping her manage her emotions and ready her for the big return to a daily television show.

O'Donnell has been quite vocal about her admiration for Brand, replacing Tom Cruise with him as her official celebrity crush. Appearing recently on Access Hollywood, Rosie divulged that she told Brand once that she has been, "marinating in him" and called him "genius" at an American Airlines airport lounge.

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