Oprah Winfrey: 'There's No Feud' Between Rosie O'Donnell and Me
Oprah Winfrey is downplaying a report that she and Rosie O'Donnell are at odds with O'Donnell's OWN show.
"There's no feud between Rosie and me," Winfrey posted on Twitter Wednesday. "We haven't even had a discussion about her new show."
"I get so sick of people trying to create fights and feuds when women are in business. Don't buy into it," she added on the microblogging site.
Popeater.com cited insiders saying O'Donnell wants to make the show "more political" while Winfrey wants it to be a "friendly daytime show." The site also says Winfrey had a problem with O'Donnell's staff choices.
In an interview with the October issue of Fortune magazine, Winfrey admitted she was a little reluctant to work with O'Donnell at first after she polarized viewers on The View. She brought Tom Freston, OWN CEO Christina Norman and OWN chief creative officer Lisa Erspamer to O'Donnell's suburban New York home to vet O'Donnell last June.
Recalls Winfrey, "Rosie said, 'I know you're here to assess how crazy I am.' I said, 'Basically, yes. I'm doing a crazy check."
After seeing her kids running around in the back yard, Winfrey says of O'Donnell, "What I found is that she is so generous as a mother."
But Winfrey banned O'Donnell from airing any grievances on her blog or radio show, as she did with Barbara Walters: "If you have an issue that's causing a problem, speak to me, woman to woman, so that it doesn't become a worldwide issue."