Rosie O’Donnell Dishes on OWN Show, Life in General

Years after her sometimes-tumultuous stint on The View, talk show mogul Rosie O’Donnell has opened up about her new OWN project.

O’Donell- not known for being a shrinking violet- credits her success to being a brassy broad, but relatable. The former stand-up says:

“I think that the reason for my success is that I am really not aspirational. I am inspirational in that the people at home feel like they can really relate to me.”

O’Donnell continues:

“I am really more the audience. Nobody is really at home saying, ‘God if I could only be Rosie O’Donnell: an overweight lesbian who yells to much… I think Oprah who is the height of aspiration and inspiration recognizes something in me that is germane.”

O’Donnell says her mom’s death at a young age influenced her a bit in planning for the future:

“My mom died at 39 so I was going to make all my success and retire at 40,” said O’Donnell. “And guess what? I did that. And then I finally realized, well crap I may live, so I needed a plan for act two.”

Will you be tuning in to Rosie O’Donnell’s new OWN show?