LISTEN: Rosie O’Donnell Dishes on Hot New Girlfriend, Marriage Desires

A funny thing happened on the way to Rosie taking over for Oprah. Originally intended as an Oprah-esque single-topic hour focused on human and social issues like autism and education, the The Rosie Show (now airing on OWN and TLC) transformed into something that looks awfully like the original Rosie O’Donnell Show we all fell in love with back in 1996.  In a brand new revealing chat with Howard Stern, Rosie describes how the show plan evolved from pre-taping several shows a week in Chicago to a LIVE variety/celebrity/music/comedy hour each night at 7pm. Rosie confessed she probably wouldn’t have been any good at the Oprah model anyhow, given her tendency toward intense feelings (see: The View, Tom Selleck, various other public shitshows). She has instead chosen wisely to play to her strengths incorporating stand up comedy, celebrity interviews, games and super gay musical numbers into the brand new daily show.


Howard also gets the play by play on how Ro snagged her “Julianne Moore lookalike” girlfriend Michelle Rounds and what exactly went wrong her her ex, Tracy Kachtick Anders (aka the woman with 6 kids). Essentially, playing the Brady Bunch wasn’t as much fun as it looked on TV and Rosie realized she was in over her head and explains that Tracy and the 6 kids moved out of her Nyack, NY home last Christmas. Cut to admiring Michelle’s three pound puppy on line at Starbucks and falling in love after four dates, per lesbian ushe. Rosie takes Howard through their fast track courtship despite her being intimidated by her beauty and disbelief that a lesbian could be so inherently girly with Prada bags and matching La Perla underwear. Not sure why Rosie continues to perpetuate this stereotype considering her obsession with The Real L Word, but whatevs.

Rosie also went into a bit of detail regarding the low profile relationship she had with a man at the age of 28, after dating women for 10 years. Rosie actually wrote about falling in love with this man in her first book, Find Me, but I don’t believe the general public knows this little fun fact. She describes living with him and taking joy in going to the grocery store and being asked about her boyfriend, after years of hiding previous relationships with the women she dated. Howard couldn’t wrap his head around Rosie’s genuine attraction and sexual enjoyment with this man despite her insistence that she’s gay, not bisexual. In a truly confusing moment, Howard literally had to explain what a gold star lesbian was to Rosie after admitting she never heard the term before. Really, Papi?

Other topics of conversation include safe lesbian sex (Rosie laughs off dental dams believing it’s nearly impossible for lesbians to transmit STDs) and possibly marrying Michelle:  “I think it could be in the cards. It’s legal in New York. We’ve discussed it.” When Howard commented it was moving fast, Rosie replied, “C’mon, I’m 49 and I’m gay.”

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Jess is a pop culture junkie living in New York City. She enjoys endless debates about The L Word, Howard Stern, new techy gadgets, DVR, exploring the labyrinth of the Lesbian Internet, memoirs, working out, sushi, making lists, artsy things, anything Lady Gaga touches, traveling, puppies, and nyc in the fall. Find her on Twitter @jessxnyc or via email.

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  1. As a lesbo whose morning commute is nearly always narrated by the god of radio himself, I almost spilled my coffee all over myself when I heard Rosie was in the studio with him. Though she is far from my favorite, I was anxious to hear what in the hell they would be discussing! I was actually most interested than I thought and rather enjoyed her interview. She gained a few points in my book. I did, however, have to cut it short during her explanation of how she met this new femme bombshell…dammit! I’m glad I can catch up on the rest of the audio now ;) I can’t wait to hear this “gold star” comment…I refuse to believe Rosie was out of the loop on that one!

  2. could just be me, but she seems to ‘overshare’ far too often.
    says the rebound gf moved out at christmas, but i remember her telling Stern (when she was interviewing him on her radio show) that they did not break up back in the spring… think it’s great that the new gf has groovy underwear and all, but i just think that next year we’ll be hearing that she’s in love yet again… really, if you were the one dating her, would you want to be the one being talked about on the radio?

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  3. a) Doesn’t know hat a gold star les is.
    b) Doesn’t think lesbians can transmit stds.
    c) Already wants to marry her gf.
    d) Is bewildered by femmes.

    It’s like Rosie’s been stuck in the baby dyke phase her entire life.

    • i have no idea why she says that shit, it’s so weird! she’s always playing that “bewildered by femmes” joke but she’s not like that irl, she knows all that stuff. i feel like it’s a joke that gets a lot of laugh and strong responses to the degree that maybe she’s just forgotten she made it up

  4. a) Doesn’t know hat a gold star les is.
    b) Doesn’t think lesbians can transmit stds.
    c) Already wants to marry her gf.
    d) Is bewildered by femmes.

    It’s like Rosie’s been stuck in the baby dyke phase her entire life.

    No, not stuck. Never matured. Angry, arrogant, and surrounded by people who kiss her ass because she’s got lots of money… My young kittens- I’m the same age as Rosie, and I think of her as an embarrassment to middle aged lesbians everywhere.

  5. Disgusting woman, I refuse to support her just because we share the same sexual orientation when she single-handedly perpetuated every negative lesbian stereotype in one interview (pandering to the straights perhaps?), lets not even get into her sheer ignorance regarding safe lesbian sex. Ugh, sorry but I can’t stand this “lady”.

  6. I hate to be the cynic, but I find it hard to believe that Michelle would be with Rosie if she weren’t a celebrity. As they say in the gay world… mismatch. If Rosie were a cashier at Walmart, Michelle wouldn’t give her the time of day, let alone date her. Sorry, Rosie. If I were you, I’d be very cautious with this catch-o-the-day.

  7. Is it just me or is this going to become a trend. Ellen was 50 when she married Rossi, now Rosie is 49 (possibly considering marriage)…I AM NOT WAITING THAT LONG TO MARRY!!!!!!!! EF THAT!!!!!!! I respect these ladies but I’m getting married between 25-28 not 40-50. When my reflexes and sexual drive are fresh and kinky NOT old and well old….

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