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Rosie O’Donnell has ‘compassion’ for Ellen DeGeneres

Take it from Rosie O’Donnell, who hosted her own popular daytime talk show from 1996 to 2002, a job like that shows a person’s true colors. As she puts it, “You can’t fake your essence.”

Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best podcast. “I have compassion, even though, you know, I hear the stories and I understand. I think she has some social awkwardness.”” data-reactid=”33″>“That’s why I have compassion for Ellen (DeGeneres), right?” O’Donnell said on Wednesday’s episode of the Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best podcast. “I have compassion, even though, you know, I hear the stories and I understand. I think she has some social awkwardness.”

The Ellen DeGenres Show, made in July that her show is a “toxic work environment.” After an internal investigation, three top producers were let go earlier this month.” data-reactid=”34″>O’Donnell referred to the allegations that employees of DeGenres’s show, The Ellen DeGenres Show, made in July that her show is a “toxic work environment.” After an internal investigation, three top producers were let go earlier this month.

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

Actress Portia de Rossi and wife Ellen DeGeneres mingle with Rosie O’Donnell in 2006. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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“I had to get a nanny, because I hadn’t had a nanny till then and he was like, you know, eight, nine months old. So I got my (housekeeper), Maria, to come with me to the movie set to help take care of him, and when I came home after, like, the second day of 12 hours, he wouldn’t come to me. He was staying with Maria… And I thought, I need a job where he can grow up with his cousins and his family around him, where I’m going to be there every day to take him to school.”

“I started that show because I had a son, and I left that show because I had four children under the age of 6,” she said.

O’Donnell recalled that hosting was a “very trippy experience.”

Caissie St. Onge, one of Philipps’s co-hosts and a former employee of O’Donnell’s show, backed that up. She said O’Donnell once mentioned on the show that she enjoyed Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and then was sent not a box of them but an entire machine that made them.

“It wasn’t like anything close to real life,” O’Donnell said. “You know, you get mass adulation from the multitudes every day like a shot of heroin in your arm. 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.”

Eventually, painting helped O’Donnell come back to reality.

“You know, I do very large paintings, and my brother said we have them all in storage, and nobody really wants them (laughs).”