Rosie O’Donnell dropped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Thursday where the actress and former talk show host opened up about the odd relationship, or lack thereof, she has with Ellen DeGeneres.
Andy Cohen O’Donnell asked why she never showed up The Ellen Degeneres Show during its 20 year existence. O’Donnell admitted they probably didn’t have them as guests because they were “a little weird.”
O’Donnell explained, “After my show went off the air and hers aired, Larry King was with Ellen and he was like, ‘What happened to Rosie O’Donnell? Her show went down the drain. She came out as a lesbian and disappeared.’ And Ellen said, and I quote, ‘I don’t know Rosie. We are not friends.'”
Given that Degeneres was going on The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1996, where she danced around the gossip about her sexuality by saying her character would come out as “Lebanese,” months before coming out as gay on her self-titled sitcom ellenO’Donnell was hurt that Degeneres later said she didn’t know her.
“I was in bed with Kelli and I was like, ‘Did I just hear that, or was that some sort of hallucinatory hearing voice?’ I think no, and that’s what happened, and it hurt my feelings like a baby and I never really got over it,” O’Donnell shared.
O’Donnell gave it away The Ellen Show eventually asked her to appear towards the end of the show to promote her Showtime comedy series smiley, but O’Donnell asked if she could bring a guest to make it “a little less awkward”, and they declined her request, so she eventually passed. Despite the embarrassment, however, she wishes Ellen well.
“I wish her all the best in her life and that she should be fine. So there you go. But I never did. I never did,” concluded O’Donnell.
Watch O’Donnell say, “Society has changed” in the 30 years since A League of Their Own didn’t address sexuality:
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