51 episodes

Legendary entertainer Rosie O'Donnell shares her take on fame, family and fun from her vantage point at 61. Onward Folks! We have no other choice. During her weekly show, Rosie will speak with friends, celebrities, newsmakers, artists, poets and TikTokers.

Onward with Rosie O'Donnell Outspoken

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 1.6K Ratings

Legendary entertainer Rosie O'Donnell shares her take on fame, family and fun from her vantage point at 61. Onward Folks! We have no other choice. During her weekly show, Rosie will speak with friends, celebrities, newsmakers, artists, poets and TikTokers.

    Onward with Onward

    Onward with Onward

    Rosie and Onward producer, Lori E. Seid, share some conversation and news about the future.

    Thanks to you, the listener, we appreciate all your support.

    And a special shout out of thanks and love to Lyra Smith, Jenna Kagel and Chris Faller.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    Linda Richman

    Linda Richman

    Rosie's guest this week is the one and only, Linda Richman. 
    Linda is part of the cultural zeitgeist; the hilarious, Barbra-obsessed, Saturday Night Live "Coffee Talk" character, ('I'm fahrklempt, talk amongst yourselves'), Linda Richmond. 

    And for Rosie, Linda has been a stand-in mother; a grandmother to her son Parker; and the hilarious sage Rosie turns to in just about every situation life brings her, for over 28 years!

    Tune in to their tête-tête and hear how both Linda and Rosie turned their heartbreak and grief into a lifelong friendship of trust, wisdom, laughter, as well as antics with their beloved Barbra.

    Linda's Bestseller Book "I'd Rather Laugh: How To Be Happy Even When Life Has Other Plans For You" (with a foreword by Rosie O'Donnell)
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    • 46 min
    Kaylie Schmidt - Service Dog Coach

    Kaylie Schmidt - Service Dog Coach

    This week's episode is entirely about Rosie's experience with 'Guide Dogs of America' and what autism service dogs can do, not only for the child with autism but for the entire family.

    Learning about these service dogs who worked with autistic children, it was quickly realized that the child themself is not the dog's handler, so, Rosie became the designated adult, the 'Primary Handler' for her kiddo. Her guest, Kaylie Schmidt, is the volunteer autism service dog coach, that along with the Guide Dog of America trainers, worked with Rosie and the other autism mom during the 10 day in-campus hands on training period. An experience Rosie calls life changing.

    Link:https://www.guidedogsofamerica.org/
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    • 45 min
    Derrick Downey Jr.

    Derrick Downey Jr.

    Rosie's guest this week is Derrick Downey Jr., also known as a "Squirrel's best friend."

    With well over a million followers, Derrick caught Rosie's eye and heart with his creativity, compassion and love for squirrels. 
    Derrick shares content about fighting depression, taking care of oneself, and making the time to be still with nature through his squirrel family, especially Maxine. A true influencer. And a "cutie patootie" to boot!


    Listen in to Rosie and Derrick first actual conversation after years of private messaging through social media. An extraordinarily special meeting of the heart, mind, human spirit, and of course, squirrels!

    Also, check out:

    Hand and Paw: Maxine's Tale of Compassion by Derrick Downey Jr. His book of adventure for kids (young and old)!

    https://www.derrickdowneyjr.com/books

    Please send your voice memo questions or comments to Rosie: OnwardRosie@gmail.com
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    • 46 min
    Exchanging Views on the Lyle Menendez Episode

    Exchanging Views on the Lyle Menendez Episode

    After listening to Rosie interview Lyle Menendez in prison; many of our listeners reacted in such a visceral and intellectual way, we wanted to dedicate a full episode to some of your voice memos.
    Not an easy subject for anyone; no matter what you believe happened, Rosie felt it important to share your reactions and respond with her own.
    Please note:Abuse is discussed in this episode - nothing graphically, but it could be traumatic.
    Share your voice memos with any questions or comments for Rosie to: OnwardRosie@gmail.com
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    • 33 min
    Jimmy Smagula

    Jimmy Smagula

    In 2000, when Rosie asked audience member, Jimmy Smagula, to stand up and play a singing game with her on live TV, who was to know it would be the beginning of a beautiful profound kinship? But as viewers, we saw their connection was electric. 
    And now, Onward to 2024; Smagula's hopes and dreams mentioned during that short intro to his favorite comedian and talk show host, have been realized.

    He's currently starring in Spamalot on Broadway, his too numerous to mention appearances on so many hit TV shows including one of the most famous scenes from the ultimate in prestige television, The Sopranos, and now Jimmy's own podcast Baby Mouth.


    Listen in on this NY/NJ fast-paced, funny, and unfeigned conversation, when two friends who love and respect each other share special moments with us.

    Please share your questions or comments by voice memo to: OnwardRosie@gmail.com
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

andi kreamalmeyer ,

Thank you

Rosie, you have always been my favorite artist, comedian, actor and one of the kindest humans. I always enjoy everything you do and love hearing about your children and the love you have for them. I’m so happy to listen to you weekly, it’s refreshing and fun. You have taught me so much about being human. Thank you for doing this podcast and as always for being YOU! I will listen and watch anything you put out here for all of us. Thank you for everything you are doing and will do in the future.

Foodie Social Worker ,

"Sooner rather than later" 🙏🏻

Thanks, Rosie, for decades of kindness in your work--our kids (now adults and out n proud gay) enjoyed your show--your Christmas albums were soundtracks on our trips to get our tree at an abbey--you embody greatness--people like you serve as beautiful counters to the venom that is spoken about LGBTQIA--please come back to the podcast world asap (will be on the lookout)--bless you!! ❤️

daphneblue0414 ,

Raised by Ro

So glad you’re doing this. Love you always & forever.ETA-going to miss Onward, but will support/listen to whatever you do next!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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