Russell Brand to be 1st guest on new 'Rosie' show

This Friday, May 30, 2008 file photo shows actor Russell Brand as he arrives at the Spike TV "Guys Choice" award show in Los Angeles. MTV is staking its brand on one less known in America: Russell Brand. The British actor and comedian will host this year's Video Music Awards, set to air live from Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, file) (AP)

September 30, 2011 10:43:19 AM PDT
Rosie O'Donnell gets her wish: Russell Brand will be the first guest on her new talk show. Facebook that will personalize the show for viewers. about a student who doubles as a government operative by night. The Oprah Winfrey Network announced Thursday that the comedian and actor will appear on the Oct. 10 premiere of "The Rosie Show."

O'Donnell has said she's fascinated with Brand and called him a genius. She previously said she would love to have him as her first guest.

The show will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network, which promises Brand will be "one of many notable celebrities" during the show's first two weeks.

O'Donnell will tape in Chicago's Harpo Studios, former home of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" until it ended in May after 25 years.

Brand was featured in the movies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Get Him to the Greek" and "Arthur."

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