Rosie O’Donnell gets real about Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, the passing of her ex-wife and O’Donnell’s own brush with death in a candid new interview with Howard Stern.
On the “The Howard Stern Show” on Monday O’Donnell told the radio host how doctors said she “should’ve died” after suffering a heart attack in 2012. O’Donnell, now 55, said she underwent “gastric sleeve” surgery.
“So they take about, they probably leave a quarter of your stomach, the size of a banana,” she explained. “And they said you put your hand out… that’s the size of your stomach in general so mine has like a little bit… I’m 50 pounds less than I was.”
The Primetime Emmy Award-winner insisted this was no run-of-the-mill procedure. “You only have this surgery when you’re near death… I should’ve died,” O’Donnell continued. “The doctor said there’s no reason you survived this heart attack. We don’t know why you did, we don’t know how you did, you will not survive another one.”
O’Donnell also briefly addressed the Harvey Weinstein scandal, revealing he allegedly once called O’Donnell a “c**t” to her face.
She also touched on the passing of her ex-wife Michelle Rounds and the support she received from Oprah Winfrey. “She reached out when Michelle died,” O’Donnell revealed. “Very new, it’s still very raw. She did reach out and say she was sorry and offered her condolences. She’s… very sweet and kind and loving to me, and always has been.”
“We’re not buds,” O’Donnell mentioned of Winfrey. “I don’t call her if I have a lump in my breast…”
But the former “View” panelist is moving forward with her life, revealing her new relationship to Stern. “I’m in love,” O’Donnell confessed. “It’s the first time I’ve dated someone younger than me and it’s a very trippy thing.”
O’Donnell said her girlfriend is 22 years her junior. “I get along so well with her, it’s kind of fascinating,” she said. “The one thing that she doesn’t know? [Barbra] Streisand. I made her watch ‘Funny Girl’.”
Though don’t expect her to tie the knot: “I will not, ever… I would rather stay in it for love and not deal with lawyers if God-forbid it doesn’t work out.”
Stern has a knack for controversy, so he asked O’Donnell if she would save U.S. President Donald Trump if he was drowning. “I don’t know that I would jump in, I might throw him a floatie,” O’Donnell pondered. “If he was drowning… I probably would which I hate about me. I’m such a bad hater. I don’t want him to die.”
“Do I want to him to spend the rest of his life in jail, I certainly do,” she added.