Rosie O’Donnell did not hold back during an appearance on Monday’s “Watch What Happens Live”.
The comedian was asked about everything from her former “The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck to whether she would ever join “The Talk”.
Andy Cohen came up with a game that saw O’Donnell have to identify the “rosie” and the “thorn” (i.e., the good and the bad parts of her career).
About her time on “The View”, the star did admit: “It got a little thorny there. And that’s being diplomatic.”
She added of Goldberg, whom she previously said was “as mean as anyone has ever been” to her on TV: “I’m always going to respect her. I’m always going to look up to her. She was somebody who was inspirational in my career. You like to keep those people in a place of reverence if you can and that’s what I’m hoping to do.”
O’Donnell then spoke about Hasselbeck, insisting she’d taken her comments about having a little workplace crush on her out of context.
As well as saying her friendship with Madonna was “all rosie,” O’Donnell also said she and Oprah were fine despite her cancelling her talk show back in 2012.
When asked how her relationship is with the media mogul now, the star said, “It’s great, actually. We never really had a big thing. She tried her best and I tried my best and, you know, the show was what it was.”
O’Donnell also denied rumours she’d be replacing Julie Chen on “The Talk” after the Les Moonves scandal.
“I just went when Julie Chen was having people fill in. I was one of the many people. I live in New York; it would be very hard for me to move with my family out to California, so that was never a real thing.”
She added that Meghan McCain is now in a “difficult position” after losing her father.
O’Donnell shared when asked about her “being a conservative voice” on “The View”, “Yeah, trying to do that while grieving. She was very, very tight with her father, and he had been dying for a while. We watched her daily try to grieve and get through. It’s not really that easy. So I do have some compassion for her.”