Rosie O'Donnell by Mark Von Holden/WireImage.com
Despite earlier reports that
declined the opportunity to host the
Price Is Right
because she didn't want to uproot her family from New York City to L.A., the truth is that CBS turned
down. "They thought I was too controversial to host the game show," O'Donnell said on her R Family Vacations cruise from New York to the Bahamas. "I just wanted to 'gay it up.'" So what did O'Donnell propose? For starters, she wanted to get rid of Barker's beauties in favor of a chorus line of Broadway hunks, confetti, musical bumpers and a much-needed set makeover "so the colors actually match!" O'Donnell admits she was disappointed by the network's decision because she began watching the game show shortly after her mother died 35 years ago.
While O'Donnell is mulling over other offers to start her own daytime talk show, she has plans to release a tell-all book on Sept. 18 that documents her 10-month sojourn on
. And it promises to be the hot topic next season. "It's not mean-spirited," O'Donnell says. "It's just honest."
- Reporting by Nelson Branco