Rosie even said it herself, but what was Rosie wearing on Friday's Rosie Show? After an intro bit about her candy-corn-style square tunic, she went into more current news like pizza becoming a vegetable by congress and a look at the swear jar.
Ellen Barkin came to the show to talk about her film "Another Happy Day" where she portrays a mother in the throws of a dysfunctional family. With an amazing team of actors trusting in their 25 year-old director with Barkin in the producer seat, the film is a great lesson for all parents on letting children go to live their own journey and have their own turn.
Continuing to take the road less taken and discuss current events close to her heart as opposed to her regular comedy stories to introduce the show, last night's Rosie Show welcomed Beth Chapman, wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter and bail bondsman, by Skype to help viewers understand the outrage surrounding the release of Penn State's Jerry Sandusky. After another look into the elevator confessional to meet staff member Caesar Rivera, Rosie welcomed show guests The Brown Family from TLC's Sister Wives.
Kody Brown and his four wives -- Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robin -- have revealed their polygamist lifestyle on their TLC show to open America's eyes to a different side of the practice according to their faith. The family has been together for more than 15 years and has 17 children collectively, but are relatable through the screen like any "normal" American family.
Responding to Twitter comments about her Penn State/Sandusky intro on Tuesday, Rosie opened the show last night, not with comedy, but with a message to viewers to not think of themselves using their voice as brave, but as a right we have to share how we feel, and to teach our children to do the same.
Empowerment was also a part of guest Jenny McCarthy's visit to the show as she spoke about her fight for autism awareness, prevention and treatment. There were plenty of laughs last night during the hour show, but both Rosie and Jenny conveyed their passion for the well-being of children throughout it all because their humor and concern both come from a place of truth and love.
Bypassing her normal funny banter and recent events stories to share her view on a recent scandal, Rosie used her voice for children as she opened Tuesday's Rosie Show by discussing the allegations against Penn State's Jerry Sandusky. Rosie shared that to teach our children to have a voice, we as adults need to find the courage to use our own to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves.
Shifting gears to a couple of Rosie's favorite performers, she welcomed the theatre production of Ann star Holland Taylor who is portraying Ann Richardson in Chicago, while also starring on Two And A Half Men as well as her dear friend Cyndi Lauper who closed out the show singing the blues.
A new fashion trend, eyelid surgery, not eating pizza, and Vicky! Welcome to Monday's The Rosie Show with guests Chaz Bono and Rachael Ray, where Rosie revealed in her intro that she thought Michelle's glove to her curling iron was a new trend, and that she's working hard on her diet so that she can be eligible for eyelid surgery... which means not partaking in staff pizza parties. Going to the audience for questions, Rosie made a fast friend in Vicky, who may love Broadway as much as Rosie does.
Chaz Bono surprised 11 year-old guest Jazz whose OWN documentary "I Am Jazz" reveals her life as a transgendered child. The availability of seeing transgendered adults tell their stories through books, television, film and print in recent years is a miracle for children who think they are alone.
Rachael Ray bounced on the stage to share about her new found love of running to help clear her mind after a busy day and provide a cooking demo for Rosie to show her creative ways to bring healthy vegetables into her new diet.
Lesson 25: You've always had the power. So the first semester of Oprah's Lifeclass has come to a close -- 25 of the greatest life lessons portrayed through the "text" of The Oprah Winfrey Show from one of my now favorite teachers, Oprah. The final lesson of the semester is one of Oprah's favorites and is best reflected by Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz" when she explains to Dorothy that "you've always had the power" she just had to learn it for herself.
Showing clips of powerful guests Tererai Trent, Khadejah Williams, Jeff Henderson, and Arnel Pineda, Oprah was able to represent how when we take responsibility for our own lives and tap into the power of the greater source that is around us, we have the power to command change in our lives. If we take Oprah's key points and recognize that we must start where we are, be willing to take the steps along the process, and realize that it's never too late, we can use the power within ourselves to create our best life until we take our last breath.
The 11/11/11 Rosie Show welcomed SNL alum Molly Shannon to share about her children's book, motherhood, and reminice about her 6 years on the show -- which included a look back at Rosie's appearance and skit with Molly and Whitney Houston.
After the intro banter about new fashions and how to pee while wearing Spanx, Rosie answered a few questions from the audience before welcoming the night's guest. Now that she has passed her torch on to other funny women on SNL, Molly is focused on raising her 2 children who are 6 and 8 years-old. Thinking about acting and the direction she wants her career to go, Molly has tried her hand at guest hosting The Talk, writing her children's book "Tilly the Trickster" and would like to attempt producing.
Before "The Ro Game" ended the show, Rosie also honored a documentary that she was moved by called "The Devotion Project" that shared the love story of Bill and John that began in 1956.
Call it Newton's Third Law of Motion, The Golden Rule, Karma -- the idea can be expressed in many ways, but in the end it's all the same... for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. "Whatever you do is already done" says Oprah as she began the exploration of the law through Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Back in the studio with a full classroom, Oprah and Hollywood director Tom Shadyak discussed how our lives reflect back to us and give us the opportunity to Re-Act or act again; getting the choice to change the intention of the energy from a place of love, which ultimately is what has the power to heal all. If all of the choices we make in life come from a place of truth and love, then wer are on the path of our best possible life.
The return of Kool & The Gang, Kyle the Heckler, and FOOD! The introduction to The Rosie Show Thursday was filled with laughter and cake as Rosie began the show that would soon welcome one of television's most beloved mothers, Florence Henderson. Starting with the return of Kool & The Gang, team member Delores joined in for the fun. Just as rosie was saying hello to holly, Rosie called out "Kyle the Heckler" who at 16 yelled out and humiliated his mom. If we didn't already expect it, Rosie shared that Harpo is ALL about the food as emails were shared that discussed nothing but where treats were available in the office.
Florence Henderson then appeared to talk about her book "Life is Not a Stage" where she discusses her early life as a poor child, to being on Broadway, to her time on The Brady Bunch and life now. A great way to end the show was with Florence hosting the game "Very Brady Trivia" where Rosie was put up against a Brady expert/fan in the audience for a little question fun.
A lesson in slowing down. "Be present in your life." Opening class by projecting the understanding that Americans are overscheduled, overworked and overwhelmed, Oprah reminded us that the disconnection from the moment takes us away from the only chance we have to truly live -- which is Now.
Using the tragic and true stories of guests who caused the deaths or injuries of loved ones because of being distracted and also the stories of guests whose lives were drastically changed or cut short but lived fully in each moment, Oprah was able to illustrate what a gift it is to find the "sacred in the ordinary" and be fully present in the very breath of your life.