Posted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:30 PM PDT
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.
In the interview, airing tonight on ABC, Rosie also admitted that getting divorced from Kelli, whom she was married to from 2004-2007 and has four children with, was one of most difficult experiences of her life. She admitted:
- "Dear God, yes, it was probably the most humiliating thing I've ever experienced in my life. And the most painful and the most humbling. To this day, still, part of me feels like, 'Oh dear God no, why did that happen, how did this happen?' â€¦ It seemed to me like something inconceivable and the fact that it occurred was the hardest thing I've ever dealt with as an adult."
Today, Rosie is happy with Michelle and the idea of running her own talk show once again.
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