Rosie O’Donnell’s new chat program The Rosie Show premieres on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on Oct. 10. So, obviously, she’s been making the press rounds trying to promote the project. She recently popped up on Access Hollywood and was asked — in light of her former celebrity crush Tom Cruise — who her new crush is. Her response? “Russell Brand. 1000 percent.”
It turns out after seeing Russell’s turn at hosting the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards — “he was horrible,” she says — she caught his stand-up comedy special on television and quickly changed he opinion on the British star. Watch Rosie explain it below.
According to O’Donnell, The Rosie Show will have a similar spirit of her original The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which ran from 1996 to 2002. Though she noted, since she’s now 50, and not in her early or mid 30s, they’ll be a more mature edge. “The enthusiasm that I had for celebrities is changed. I have evolved and grown, and the show is going to be reflective of that,” she’s said.