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Rosie O’Donnell Has ‘Compassion’ for Ellen DeGeneres

During an appearance on Busy Philipps‘ podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best, O’Donnell, 58, said she feels “compassion” for DeGeneres, 62, following numerous complaints of workplace toxicity related to her Emmy-winning program.

“You can’t fake your essence,” said O’Donnell, who hosted her own daytime talk show from 1996 to 2002. “That’s why I have compassion for Ellen, right? I have compassion, even though, you know, I hear the stories and I understand. I think she has some social awkwardness.”

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She added, “I think that from knowing her for so many years, I have my own kind of history with her.”

In July, BuzzFeed News published a report in which previous employees alleged a “toxic work environment” behind the scenes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. One current and 10 former staffers spoke anonymously about their experiences on set, including claims of being penalized for taking medical leave, instances of racial microaggressions and fear of retribution for raising complaints.

DeGeneres has since apologized to her staff, and three top producers — Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman — have parted ways with the show following an internal investigation by WarnerMedia. Staffers on the show also recently learned that they will now receive increased benefits.

O’Donnell isn’t the only star to speak out in support of DeGeneres. Other famous friends of the talk show host have come to her defense, including Katy Perry, who wrote a note of support for her pal on Instagram, and Kevin Hart, who recently said knows how “lonely” it can get “when people just turn their back on you.”

“So for the ones that you love, that are close to your heart, you just want them to have some support when it seems that there is none out there, and that’s just who I am as a person,” he told Deadline.

Meanwhile, former Ellen Show DJ Tony Okungbowa has said he “did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment” while working on the series for several seasons, and actor Brad Garrett also spoke out against DeGeneres on Twitter when the news first made headlines.

“Know more than one who were treated horribly by her,” he claimed. “Common knowledge.”

Later in her chat with Philipps, O’Donnell also revealed why she hasn’t appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“You know how Ellen surprises everyone?” she asked. “I’ve never done that show because I’m terrified she’s going to scare me and give me a heart attack.”

O’Donnell then touched upon what it’s actually like hosting a talk show, asserting that it isn’t like “anything close to real life.”

“You know, you get mass adulation from the multitudes every day, like a shot of heroin in your arm,” she said. “You get people clapping at your very existence and then telling you how you altered their life, and it’s a lot to take in. And when I stepped away, I knew that this was all I could take.”

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  1. Who the heck is Rosie? By the way who the heck is Ellen?

  2. Ellen missed a great Opportunity when she had the tranny Mooochelle O on her show. She should have dropped to her knees, and sucked Big Mike’s dick on the stage live. Ratings through the roof, I’d bet.

  3. Statesman Patriot

    If Ellen is so toxic to work around, I can’t imagine how much worse it would be around Rosie! Can’t stand to even look at that fat ugly face!!

  4. Are they off the telly yet? Maybe they could do talk radio now for more no ratings. Losers.

  5. I think they were both lesbians so they died several years ago

  6. Hey Rosie,

    Have only one thing to say to you: ” Twelve More Years”. Enjoy the rest of your miserable life.

  7. Ugly self centered lesbians always stay together. Of course I’ll be called a bigot even though you don’t know my race or sex. But you can say anything you want about white people if that is what I am. If Ellen were a white male she would have lost her job years ago and paid out who knows how much in law suits. I will be honest and say I have never seen her show as I have more important things to do like go to work so I can pay taxes. But you have to give me an even break as people say the the same things about Fox News having never seen it either….

  8. Dang I thought she was dead … seems Rosie wants Ellen . No one else wants them so it only figures they should and Being both bush divers they have nothing to lose . Nasty bitchs they be

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