As Rosie O’Donnell’s first day on The View nears – she and a new set, complete with proscenium arch, will debut Sept. 5 – ABC’s standards and practices department has met with the erstwhile Queen of Nice to remind her to watch her language on the air.
In her haiku-style blog, O’Donnell writes of the meeting, “they told me all the stuff i know/ still made me panic/ a little.”
She also writes that she rarely slipped up while hosting her talk show Rosie: “i only cursed once/ in 6 years of live tv/ i said/ all this useless s– stuck in my head/ to lucie arnaz i believe/ oops.”
Answering questions from fans, O’Donnell writes that that she has inherited Meredith Vieira’s dressing room and that when she steps onto The View’s set for her first day, she’ll be thinking, “here we go.”
Asked about for Vieira’s comment to Time magazine – which Vieira has said was taken out of context – that The View has become “a joke,” O’Donnell says, “she did not diss barbara (walters)/ everybody breathe.”
Meanwhile, O’Donnell tells PEOPLE she’s spending time with her family during her remaining days of freedom before starting the show. I am spending some time with my kids and just taking advantage of being with them, she said Tuesday night at Kanye West’s private concert for American Express cardholders in New York City.
O’Donnell, a big fan of West, says she admires his music and his commitment to his beliefs, including his controversial comments about the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina last year. “He walks the walk and doesn’t back down from what he really feels,” she said. “I really like that about him.”
Though she once famously nursed a crush on Tom Cruise, O’Donnell says another man has captured her attention – Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon. I fell in love with Julian McMahon while taping this show,” she said. (She guest stars in an upcoming episode.) “I still love my old Tommy, but Julian is gorgeous – he s my new Tommy!”