Rosie O’Donnell Returning To Daytime With New ‘Laughter And Love’ Talkshow

A dozen years since Rosie O’Donnell left her last show a lot has happened. She chartered a cruise experience for gay parents and their kids, split with a Kelli Carpenter and caused controversy on The View just to name a few things.

Now she’s coming back with a new talk show that she says will be “laughter and love in the afternoon.”

I’m sure Elisabeth Hasselbeck is intrigued. Does this mean no more fun celeb bashing videos? I’m going to have to watch it to know what that actually means, but for the most part she says it will not include celebs promoting movies so she’s going to have to find something else to fuel it’s engine. She told ET at the screening of a documentary yesterday called A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back To Autism (in photos) that she had been asked to come back to a talk show for years but the timing is right now. “Now all my kids are in school and I’ve got my days free, and with Oprah leaving there’s a huge void in daytime.”

She talked a bit about the documentary being screened. She says when she saw the film about a mother’s trek from Iceland to find treatment for her autistic son she passed it along to HBO where she was working on her own documentary A Family Is A Family Is A Family and they bought it. Kate Winslet also wanted to help when she saw the story and provided much of the film’s narration.

O’Donnell also commented on how great Sandra Bullock is, saying the Academy Award winner gave her a supportive call after the “coming out”interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002.

See the video of her interview after the jump.