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Rosie O'Donnell may host prime-time talk show on MSNBC

Rosie O'Donnell, who clashed with a co-host on "The View", may become her own boss again.

The acid-tongued talk-show host whose dispute with Elizabeth Hasselbeck hastened her departure from ABC's daytime show is reportedly in negotiations to host a prime-time talk show on MSNBC five days a week.

An NBC executive familiar with the discussions confirmed the two sides had talked, but cautioned that "we're far from a done deal." The executive spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were ongoing.

The cable news channel owned by NBC Universal would not officially comment on the discussions. A spokesman for O'Donnell could not be reached for comment.

The reports, which first surfaced in the New York Times, suggested O'Donnell would take over the 9 p.m. slot currently occupied by "Live with Dan Abrams." That would put her show in competition with CNN's "Larry King Live" and Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."

Fox News dominates prime-time ratings for cable news channels, averaging 1.5 million viewers this year, according to Nielsen data. MSNBC is a distant third with 505,000, behind CNN's 755,000.

O'Donnell hosted her own daytime talk show from 1996 to 2002. She also produced a Broadway musical and founded a short-lived, namesake magazine before her tempestuous run on "The View." Although she was there for less than a year before leaving in May, her boisterous, opinionated style was credited with boosting the show's ratings.

Shortly before joining the multi-host show created by Barbara Walters, O'Donnell had blogged that "it will be hard 4 me 2 not b the boss." Now she's set to reclaim center stage as her own.

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