I’m Not on Good Terms With Ellen DeGeneres

Rosie ODonnell Says She Doesnt Trust Former Friend Ellen DeGeneres

Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres
Gregory Tempo/Shutterstock; Shutterstock

Rosie O’Donnell mentioned she doesn’t have any plans on mending her and Ellen DeGeneres’ strained friendship.

“I knew her for thus a few years. It simply felt like I don’t belief this individual to be in my world,” O’Donnell, 61, mentioned in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter printed on Thursday, June 15.

The 2 comedians turned pals within the late ‘90s, as each the Now and Then actress’ fashionable speak present, The Rosie O’Donnell Present, and DeGeneres’ self-titled sitcom, Ellen, premiered in 1996. “It was a superb relationship. We had been pals. We supported one another,” O’Donnell advised the outlet. The Discovering Dory star, 65, even jokingly hinted at her sexuality by popping out as “Lebanese” on O’Donnell’s speak present in 1996.

Nonetheless, O’Donnell famous that their relationship modified after DeGeneres formally got here out as homosexual on a 1997 episode of Ellen.

“It turned unusual, ‘There can’t be two lesbians on this city,’ type of factor,” O’Donnell — who was beforehand married to Kelli Carpenter in 2004 and Michelle Rounds from 2012 to 2015 — acknowledged. “Then we every had success and went separate methods.”

O’Donnell revealed that DeGeneres — whose eponymous speak present The Ellen DeGeneres Present concluded its 19-season run in 2022 — checked in on her by way of textual content “just a few weeks in the past,” earlier than mentioning the “imply” remark that led to their falling out.

“She mentioned it on Larry King Stay. Larry King mentioned, ‘No matter occurred to Rosie O’Donnell’s present? She went down the tubes as quickly as she got here out,’” O’Donnell defined. “And the quote that Ellen mentioned was, ‘I don’t know Rosie. We’re not pals.’ I used to be watching TV in mattress with my spouse going, ‘Did she simply say that?’”

O’Donnell famous she would “by no means” say one thing like that a few shut good friend. “When she was in a perplexing scenario and folks had been saying issues about her, I mentioned, ‘Let me stand subsequent to you and say that I’m Lebanese, too,’” she quipped to The Hollywood Reporter. “When it was a downward media time for me, she didn’t do something.”

Throughout her current textual content dialog with DeGeneres — who’s been married to Portia de Rossi since 2008 — O’Donnell mentioned the previous Ellen’s Sport of Video games host apologized for her Larry King Stay feedback, though she didn’t bear in mind saying them.

“I assume she noticed me discuss it on Andy Cohen‘s present,” the mom of 5 acknowledged. “I remembered it so effectively, I had T-shirts printed and I gave them to my workers that mentioned ‘I don’t know Rosie. We’re not pals.’”

To not point out, O’Donnell mentioned she turned down any alternatives to seem on The Ellen DeGeneres Present after her former good friend as soon as advised her she couldn’t be a visitor on the collection.

Us Weekly has reached out to DeGeneres for remark.