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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Come on down!

I know it's controversial to say that you like Rosie O'Donnell. But I do. I always have. I like that she speaks her mind, that she has interesting idea, that's she's 'crafty', that she loves to sing, and that she has an exuberance for life despite her clinical depression. I like that she's open about her struggles with food, but doesn't succumb to preaching about it. I like that she's open and honest about her family, her children, and her lover/wife. I like how she talks about her kids, not bragging or making them sound fabulous. She's just kinda real. Even if she does send those poor kids to a Waldorf school and doesn't allow them to watch TV.

I heard the other day that Rosie is being considered as Bob Barker's replacement on The Price is Right. At first I thought that was kind of an odd job for her, but when I thought about it, I realized how great she would be. It's a job where she gets to converse with real live regular people. That's something she's always excelled at. It's also a job where you get to give away prizes and swag. Which is Rosie's forte. She was the first person to give audiences gifts. Everyone else has copied her, but she's always been generous with the swag. The Price is Right is the ultimate in prize giving. Once I started imagining Rosie as host (minus the long Barker microphone which is currently selling on Ebay for some outrageous amount of money), I could just see her doing it. She'd be excellent. She's funny, irreverent, and she gets along with normal chubby people in silly costumes. What could be better?

At the Day Time Emmy's, Bob Barker actually endorsed Rosie and said that he would like her to follow him. She's meeting with the folks in LA next week, according to her blog. Hopefully, the meetings will go well, she'll like what she hears, and Rosie will be back on TV in a new and totally different persona. Will she be the first female game show host? I don't even know.

What I do know is that I'd watch the Price is Right just to see Rosie do her shtick, whatever it might be. I used to watch the View just to see what Rosie would say or do. Now, I don't even bother to turn it on as background noise. It just sucks without her. She made that show interesting, controversial, must-see TV. Nobody cares what conservative little Elizabeth Hasselback has to say. And the choices for guest hosts. I'd like "Hey, find me a young, attractive black woman with few opinions, stat!" It totally sucks now.

I miss my Rosie TV.

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5 Comments:

Blogger useless_rambler said...

Yea! I'm a huge Rosie fan, as well. I don't get to watch much TV as of late, but I did record her first few appearances on "The View".

Completely agree with you on your Elizabeth take. She never came across, to me anyway, as someone with her own opinions. Like she was just regurgitating other people's thoughts.

Cheers to Rosie!!! She'd be great on "The Price is Right"... have to warm up the TiVo again.

16/6/07 10:58 PM  
Blogger Blog Antagonist said...

I love Rosie too, for all the reasons you stated. The View will lose something without her, but I'm glad she's found another niche.

17/6/07 12:32 PM  
Blogger JaniceNW said...

I think you've made an excellent case for Rosie on TPIR especially since I agree with you completely!(wink)

17/6/07 6:37 PM  
Blogger Poppy Buxom said...

Hey, I don't even watch television, and I never watched the old Price is Right program, but I'd watch it if Rosie got the job. I love huh. I loved her magazine and her old talk show. She's done a lot for Broadway, which is not my thing, but I love that it's her passion and she does something about it. And I remember her on Stand Up on Comedy Central, for God's sake. Plus, she's my homie.

18/6/07 9:07 PM  
Blogger Sparkliesunshine said...

I totally agree with you about this. I have loved Rosie since before she came out, but being gay myself I definately respect and admire her.

When I first read The Price Is Right I was confused with why she would even think about it.

Then when I read what you wrote I can totally see it. She would be fantastic! I hope her meetings go well.

Also how crazy is it that we still have firsts for women in 2007? And people wonder why I am a feminist...sheesh.

20/6/07 2:45 PM  

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