Oct 10, 2011 12:30 PM
Rosie O'Donnell's return to the talk show world is a bit different than her last run.
The comedienne hosted the The Rosie O'Donnell Show from 1996 through 2002 in her home state of New York while dating then-partner Kelli Carpenter.
Now, she's shooting The Rosie Show in Oprah's old Chicago studio and a new lady love, Michelle Rounds.
In an interview with Nightline, Rosie, 49, explained that her "gaydar was way off" when she first ran into Michelle. She said:
- "So I walked into a Starbucks in the summer and she was holding a little puppy, and I was about to get another little puppy for [my daughter] Chels because we're here in Chicago and I have a little 4-pound Chihuahua. And there's this little 4-pound Pomeranian in her arms, and I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that's what she looked like to me. And she's a 40-year-old gay woman."
Turns out, it was a good thing that Rosie's first impression was a bit off. "I think if I had known that she was gay, I wouldn't have been brave enough to talk to her," she said in the interview.
The Rosie Show premieres Monday night on OWN.
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