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Rosie O'Donnell on Ellen Show Controversy: "I Have Compassion"

Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres

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Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is weighing in on The Ellen DeGeneres Show  turmoil. O'Donnell, who headlined her own daytime talk show from 1996-2002, appeared on the Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best podcast, where she discussed her thoughts on the allegations regarding DeGeneres allowing a toxic work environment at her daytime talk show. 

The View's former moderator remarked, "You can't fake your essence," and stated:

That’s why I have compassion for Ellen [DeGeneres], 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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Since Ellen began in 2003, O'Donnell has never been a guest on the show and many have wondered why. O'Donnell explained she's not down with being scared by her fellow comic. O'Donnell remarked: 

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