Rosie O’Donnell’s new memoir, Celebrity Detox, is, according to Amazon, all about “withdrawing from celebrity life — and the terrifying dangers of relapsing into the spotlight.” But apparently whatever plans her Rosiness had for a simpler life have been put on hold. This past weekend, she was down promoting the book at the Miami Book Fair when she let slip to a superfan, Steve Greenberg, who runs a site called Lyingonthebeach.com, that she had just signed a deal for a new TV show, “competing with the guy with the suspenders and the long, long face.” The Times subsequently confirmed that Rosie is in talks with MSNBC to replace Dan Abrams in the 9 p.m. slot, opposite Larry King. But why is she eschewing normal life for the spotlight again? On her Website, a quote from Martha Graham suggests that the girl just can’t help it:
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
That’s right! If Rosie doesn’t share her 9/11 conspiracy theories and smack talk with the world, then there’s a chance those brilliant insights will be lost forever. It’s not just Rosie’s business, it’s her responsibility.