Rosie O’Donnell Explains How Ellen Degeneres Hurt Her Feelings: ‘I Never Really Got Over It’


Rosie O’Donnell came by Watch live what’s happening with Andy Cohen On Thursday, the actress and former talk show host discussed the weird relationship or lack of relationship she has with Ellen Degeneres.

Andy Cohen asked O’Donnell why she never appeared on The Ellen Degeneres show during its 20-year term. O’Donnell admitted they probably didn’t have her as a guest because they were having “a little weird.”

O’Donnell explained, “After my show went off the air and hers came on the air, Larry King was on Ellen and he said, ‘What happened to Rosie O’Donnell? Her show went through the pipes. She came out as a lesbian and disappeared.’ And Ellen said, and I quote, ‘I don’t know Rosie. We’re not friends.'”

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Considering Degeneres continued The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1996, where she danced around gossip about her sexuality by saying her character would come out as “Lebanese,” months before coming out as gay in her eponymous sitcom EllenO’Donnell was hurt that Degeneres later said she didn’t know her.

“I was in bed with Kelli and I went, ‘Did I just hear that or was that some sort of hallucinatory auditory voice?’ I’m like, no, and that’s what happened, and it hurt my feelings like a baby and I never really got over it,” O’Donnell said.

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O’Donnell did reveal that The Ellen Show eventually asked her to appear towards the end of the show to promote her Showtime comedy series SMILF, but O’Donnell asked if she could bring a guest to make it “a little less awkward,” and they declined her request, so she finally passed. Despite the awkwardness, she wishes Ellen all the best.

“I wish her all the good things in her life and that she would get better. So there you go. But I never did it. I never did it,” O’Donnell concluded.

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Watch live what’s happening with Andy Cohen aired on sunday-thursday on Bravo.

Watch O’Donnell say “society has changed” in the 30 years since “A League of Their Own” didn’t pay attention to sexuality:

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