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Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell

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Updated: November 16, 2011 12:21PM

‘The Rosie Show” got off to a rocky start Monday with a premiere that was talk show, variety show, game show and public-service program, all rolled up into one muddled hour of live TV.

Rosie O’Donnell kicked things off at her new Harpo Studios home with a monologue that seemed to be missing something — like funny jokes.

Overall, O’Donnell was back to being the jovial Queen of Nice, not the angry O’Donnell whose claws used to come out with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on “The View” — something she joked about during a Broadway-style song and dance routine.

Guest Russell Brand provided the show’s most awkward moments. The British comedian hijacked a 6-year-old from the audience and tossed him around like a rag doll. In a taped segment, Brand toured an L.A. home for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. “Women! Women in recovery!” he said exuberantly, pointing to the somber ladies.

The cameras didn’t show it, but O’Donnell said at the end of the episode that she’s going to marry her girlfriend, Michelle Rounds. Viewers did see Oprah Winfrey joining O’Donnell on stage in a shower of confetti, waving and trying to entice us to stick around for “Oprah’s Lifeclass.”

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