Comedian Rosie O’Donnell has revealed she “never got over” a comment Ellen DeGeneres made about her, saying it “hurt my feelings.”
Rosie O’Donnell said “a weird thing” led her never to appear on Ellen DeGeneres’ former talk show.
The 60-year-old US comedian helped pave the way for DeGeneres, now 64, and her now-cancelled talk show series, but explained on Watch What Happens Live on Friday that the Finding Nemo voice actress ended up snubbing her.
“We had a little bit of a weird thing,” O’Donnell told host Andy Cohen.
“After my show [The Rosie O’Donnell Show] went off the air and hers was coming on the air, [TV host] 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!’
“And Ellen said, and I’m quoting, ‘I don’t know Rosie. We’re not friends.’”
O’Donnell, whose successful talk show ran from 1996 to 2002, admitted she “never really got over” DeGeneres’ public comments.
“I was in bed with [ex-wife] Kelli [Carpenter], and I said, ‘Did I just hear that or was that a hallucination, auditory voice in my [head]?’” O’Donnell said, shocked.
“It hurt my feelings, like a baby, and I never really got over it.”