In 25 years, Rosie O'Donnell
says she's watched The Oprah Winfrey Show
every day. "I TiVo it," she says. "I don't think I ever really missed it."
The first time she appeared on The Oprah Show
, Rosie dared to perform stand-up comedy early in the morning. "It was me and Ellen DeGeneres and Carol Leifer, and I was the only one who would do stand-up because everybody else was afraid it was too early in the morning," she says. "But I remember thinking, 'It's Oprah Winfrey. I will do whatever she asks.'"
Rosie says her favorite Oprah Show
memory is when Oprah interviewed Robert Jones
, a boy who became blind when he was 10 years old. During the interview, Oprah asked him if he could see in his dreams. He said he could. "That was pretty amazing. It took my knees out when I was watching it," she says. "There are moments where humans connect on a level that rings true for everyone."
Whatever her next chapter, Rosie wishes Oprah the best. "You're a constant source of inspiration, not just for me personally but for millions of people around the world. Everyone, I think, has been touched and blessed by your talent, compassion and huge heart," she says. "Bravo, Oprah Winfrey. Now go enjoy whatever it is you'll do next because I'm sure you'll conquer the world with that too."