Rosie O’Donnell Says Ellen DeGeneres ‘Hurt My Feelings’ With This Blunt Remark

Because the host of her eponymous daytime speak present, Ellen DeGeneres chatted up movie and tv actors, pop musicians and even heads of state.

Noticeably absent from DeGeneres’ sofa throughout the present’s 19-season run, nevertheless, was Rosie O’Donnell. Showing on “Watch What Happens Live” Thursday, O’Donnell shared the rationale she by no means made an look.

“We had a little bit of a weird thing,” she informed host Andy Cohen. “After my show went off the air and hers was coming on the air, Larry King was on with Ellen and he said, ‘Whatever happened to Rosie O’Donnell? Her show went down the tubes! She came out as a lesbian and disappeared!’”

She continued: “And Ellen said, and I’m quoting, ‘I don’t know Rosie. We’re not friends.’ I was in bed with [my ex-wife] Kelli [Carpenter] and I went, ‘Did I just hear that, or was that a hallucination?’ No, that’s what happened. It hurt my feelings like a baby, and I never really got over it.”

Watch Rosie O’Donnell’s “Watch What Happens Live” look beneath.

O’Donnell’s declare might shock some followers, provided that she and DeGeneres have had comparable private {and professional} trajectories. Each are daytime TV veterans who acquired their begin on the stand-up comedy circuit earlier than parlaying their abilities into profitable performing careers.

The 2 girls additionally used their public platforms to come back out as lesbians and went on to turn out to be outspoken LGBTQ rights advocates at a time when queer visibility in Hollywood was significantly rarer than it’s as we speak.

Curiously, DeGeneres was a visitor on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” in 1996, the place she proclaimed herself to be “Lebanese,” a wink on the media hypothesis relating to her sexuality.

From left: Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell in 2006.

Jeff Kravitz through Getty Photographs

The interview aired simply months earlier than “The Puppy Episode” of the ABC sitcom “Ellen,” by which DeGeneres’ character, Ellen Morgan, got here out as homosexual. DeGeneres herself would achieve this in a problem of Time journal printed to coincide with the episode.

Curiously, O’Donnell mentioned producers did finally invite her to be a visitor on DeGeneres’ speak present to advertise her Showtime collection, “SMILF,” which wrapped in 2019 after two seasons.

“I wanted to bring someone with me because I thought it might be a little less awkward, and they didn’t want to do that,” she mentioned. Nonetheless, she harbors no exhausting emotions towards DeGeneres, including: “I wish her all good things in her life and that she should be well. So, there you go.”