Rosie O’Donnell Joins Star Jones and Donny Deutsch For ‘Today’s Professionals’ Segment, Promptly Calls Someone a Crackhead


Talk TV staple Rosie O'Donnell didn't take long to find a new gig, following the cancellation of her OWN series Rosie. The comedian is now appearing on NBC's Today, as part of the morning show's popular "Today's Professionals" segments. O'Donnell made her premiere appearance on Monday's show, alongside moderator Matt Lauer, Donny Deutsch and fellow ex-Viewer Star Jones.

During the segment, O'Donnell and Deutsch got into a lively discussion, while talking about Lindsay Lohan being cast as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's upcoming biopic Liz and Dick. Below are a few excerpts, transcribed by The Hollywood Reporter.


O'Donnell on Lohan:

"I feel very sorry for her," said O'Donnell, quickly chiming in on her first day on the job. "I think she needs a lot of time away. … She's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including SNL. She was out and not in rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work."

O'Donnell after Deutsch called Lohan "our generation's Elizabeth Taylor".

"You're out of your mind! You're a crackhead! The last thing she did good she was sixteen," she said.

She's b-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-c-k!

10 Responses

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    Well, it is rather “crackheadish” for Mr. Deutsch to refer to Lindsay Lohan as “our generation’s Elizabeth Taylor”. At least in response to that nonsense, Rosie was on-point. Elizabeth Taylor is incomparable and should never be compared to Lindsay Lohan who is only note-worthy for her substance abuse issues. Elizabeth Taylor was a cultural icon and a great actress.

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    First I totally disagree with Deutsch’s opinion. I generally like him but he is so far off on this one.

    Secondly I have heard Lindsey Lohan called so many things worse by so many people. She has been dissed to death so to speak.

    Having said that, I just think Rosie makes news. Partly her way of just saying what she thinks. Obviously the way she says it. I can see that comment just being bypassed if said by someone else.

    I still think Rosie knows what she is doing when she is blunt about certain things.

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    Well why should we sugar coat it? Lindsay used to be a really good actress but she allowed herself to get on drugs and so far she has squandered every second chance she’s been given.

    I also think its rediculous to think she’s the Elizabeth Taylor of our generation (actually being 27 I’m personally offended) Elizabeth was a amazing actress and humanitarian. Lindsay certainly is not.

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    LOL I love Rosie and can’t wait to see the clips of her on the Professionals team! I could actually be down for the Professionals segment to spun off into it’s own show…Days fans don’t kill me!

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    ^^ Smitty: I would not kill you. I am a longtime DAYS fan. Can I have both Today’s Professionals and DAYS?! I have seen the “Today’s Professionals” segments and enjoy them. I wouldn’t enjoy it if Rosie was a regular fixture. She’s grating in extended runs. I just think that the show should be developed to take the slot of that nonsense 3rd hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb(?). That is a real train-wreck of a show.

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    I sort of agree with Rosie on Lindsay. I think that Donny really doesn’t pay attention to what he is about to say until after he says it and then there is no back tracking. He appears on MORNING JOE on MSNBC and I can’t stand listening to his comments because they are soooo out of touch with what is true reality.

    Lindsay Lohan is not this generation’s Elizabeth Taylor unless you’re talking about drug use. The only difference is that Liz handled hers like a lady and by the age of 25 had an amazing career in movies where when you look at Lindsay she has had an amazing career in rehab and mugshots.

    Donny, stay quiet. Rosie was right in calling you a crackhead. Dumb!

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    Rosie O’Donnell and Star Jones on the same show…willingly?? I knew that had made peace a few years ago (probably over their mutual disgust of Barbara Walters) but boy, talk about your Strange Bedfellows!

    On the subject of Lindsey Lohan playing Elizabeth Taylor…Say What? Lindsey Lohan used to be quite talented and maybe she can again prove her talent but this seems like a total miscast. Lifetime has been engaging in its own brand of stunt-casting over the past few years and its mostly been successful… until now. Why not do a casting search for this role? I guess Lifetime wants to create a lot of buzz and curiosity and they’d rather put their time to this rather than searching for someone who could be a fresh new face but could prove a diamond find. Kind of a shame.

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