Rosie O’Donnell doesn’t want Lindsay to end up like Whitney

Says actress 'is worth saving. ... She is the only one who can do it before it is too late'

Rosie O’Donnell doesn’t want Lindsay to end up like Whitney
27 April 2012 Print This Article

Rosie O'Donnell says she wasn't looking to start a feud with Lindsay Lohan when she said on The Today Show this week that the young actress should be taking a break from Hollywood instead of starring as Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie.

O'Donnell returned to Today on Thursday (26 April) to explain why she said Lohan, who has had several trips to rehab and jail in recent years, should lie low for awhile.

She doesn't want to see the 25-year-old Lohan end up like Whitney Houston who after more than a decade of drug abuse, died in February with cocaine in her system.

'I (was) watching Whitney Houston's funeral, and I remember thinking why didn't more people say what they knew?' O'Donnell told hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. '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… 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.'

But two days earlier, O'Donnell did seem to indicate that Lohan did not have the chops to play the late Taylor saying: 'The last thing she did good she was 16! I don't think she's right for the role, and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed to portray that character. I think the interest level in her has waned significantly.'

O'Donnell had also said: 'I feel very sorry for her. I think she needs a lot of help. 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.'

Lohan told Access Hollywood this week that O'Donnell should 'base her opinions when she meets someone. … It’s funny that someone you don’t know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing,'

She believes she is a good choice to play Taylor: 'I know that I'm great. I know that I know Liz Taylor very well, and I share the same makeup artist and the same hair stylist. We've worked with a lot of the same people.'

For her part, O'Donnell elaborated on her Rosie.com blog about her hopes for Lohan: 'Lindsay Lohan is worth saving. She is the only one who can do it before it is too late. I hope she can finds her value – off camera. And then – when she returns – on camera she will wow us all once more.'

HAVE YOUR SAY

OTHER POSTS

No thumbnail available

Russia detains eight gay activists at rally

Police dragged the protesters away even though they had permits
No thumbnail available

Ellen Page comes out as a lesbian

Canadian actress makes powerful coming out speech at LGBTI youth conference in the US: ‘I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission’
No thumbnail available

Uruguay recognizes its first foreign gay marriage

Uruguayan lawmakers say it's a 'paradox' to ban same-sex marriages at home but recognize them if conducted abroad  
No thumbnail available

Ku Klux Klan issues ‘call to arms’ in Alabama over gay marriage ruling

'The fudge packers from Hollywood are shocked the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their imperialist, communist homosexual agenda!'
No thumbnail available

Angry Birds celebrating Freddie Mercury today

Freddie Mercury has been transformed into an Angry Bird as part of this year’s Freddie for a Day campaign in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust
No thumbnail available

Malaysian Speaker urged to explain reasons for keeping LGBT lawmakers

House Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia recently came under fire for turning down a motion to bar free-sex practitioners and LGBTs
No thumbnail available

Proposed law in California would ensure transgender people die as they lived

Respect After Death Act calls for authentic gender identity to be reflected on death certificates
No thumbnail available

Greece's homophobic neo-Nazi party gets 7% of vote

Electorate turn to extremes in economically-battered Aegean nation
No thumbnail available

Would you wear a sweater made of 100% gay human hair?

Knitters are calling it the world's first actual 'so gay' object
No thumbnail available

As Oscar host, Neil Patrick Harris doesn't want to be 'too Ricky Gervais'

'I don’t have much interest in punch lines that make them feel bad about themselves'