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Rosie O’Donnell returns to TV with new Showtime comedy series

Rosie O’Donnell has a new job!

The 54-year-old comedian has joined the cast of Showtime’s SMILF. The new comedy marks O’Donnell’s first major return to TV since exiting ABC’s The View in 2015.

The show will be based on Frankie Shaw’s short film of the same name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year. The half-hour series will follow a young female named Bridgette, played by Shaw, who moves to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming an actress, all while facing the challenges of being a single mother.

O’Donnell, who is set to be a series regular, will play Tutu, Bridgette’s mother, who is unapologetic and oblivious to social convention. But, despite her troubled past, she’s always there for her daughter and grandson, even if it’s not up to Bridgette’s standards.

News of O’Donnell’s casting comes less than 24 hours after Tuesday night’s presidential election results, where Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the president-elect. After the news broke, O’Donnell, who is an outspoken Clinton supporter, took to Twitter to express her disappointment.

“Cry,” she wrote in one tweet. And, “I am not scared - I am sad - for all of us - for humanity,” she shared in another post.

In September, Trump rekindled his longstanding feud with O’Donnell during a presidential debate in which Clinton mentioned his history of making misogynistic comments toward women.

“Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her,” Trump said.

Some of the “tough things” the former Apprentice host has called her include “dumb,” “disgusting,” and “fat, ugly face.”

O’Donnell responded to Trump’s insults by writing, “HE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT.” 

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