Rosie O’Donnell Defends Lindsay Lohan Comments

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Rosie O’Donnell’s debut in the “Today’s Professionals” segment on The Today Show drew headlines for her less than complimentary comments about Lindsay Lohan and for calling Donny Deutsch a “crackhead.”

In an Access Hollywood exclusive, Lohan responded to O’Donnell’s comments on Wednesday saying,

“It’s funny that someone you don’t know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing,”


Lohan also shared with Access Hollywood how O’Donnell was one of her first interviews as a child actress.

“You know, I did one of my first interviews with her when I was little. I was so excited,” Lindsay told Shaun.

“Does this kind of change your feelings about her?” Shaun asked?

“She should base her opinions when she meets someone,” Lindsay said.


On Thursday, O’Donnell appeared on Today and further explained her initial comments, by comparing Lohan to Whitney Houston. Access Hollywoodtranscribed excerpts from the appearance.

“I [was] watching Whitney Houston’s funeral, and I remember thinking, ‘Why didn’t more people say what they knew?’” Rosie said. “We all knew, when she would not show up to do this show, not show up to do my show, we watched ‘Being Bobby Brown’ and it was like watching Sid and Nancy, they were people who were in the throes of addiction.

“But all that anyone cared about was that the show was getting ratings, not that this woman, this talented individual, this human being, this mother, this daughter, was worth saving,” the former talk show host continued. “To look at Lindsay Lohan, you can’t help but feel for her. I don’t think she’s untalented, I think she’s quite talented.”

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