Rosie O’Donnell blames her rage issues on ‘zero estrogen’

Rosie O’Donnell is the co-cover girl on Oprah’s O Magazine this month (because Oprah never lets anyone get the cover unless she standing right next to them as they lick her ass). Rosie is attempting to remake her image after seeming so pissed off at the world when she stood her ground against View co-hostess Elisabeth Hasselbeck, quit that job and then later mildly trashed her then-employer, Barbara Walters. (Who deserved it, but still.) She’s got a new show on the OWN network and Oprah has to present Rosie as reformed and back to her old ’90s koosh-throwing self. I think that ship has sailed, but admittedly I haven’t listened to Rosie on satellite radio lately. Many of you have commented that she’s got a great show despite the dumb sh*t she often says.

So here’s how Rosie explains away her breakup with her longterm girlfriend, and her anger issues. She tends to place blame on external factors instead of taking personal responsibility, but it sounds like she understands that she needs to change her image.

Rosie O’Donnell opens up to Oprah Winfrey in O, The Oprah Magazine about her split with Kelli Carpenter, how she calmed her rage, why she takes to being a mother-of-four, what led her to the OWN network and more in an in-depth Q&A between the talk show legends.

In the interview, O’Donnell opens up about her 2007 split from ex Kelli Carpenter, calling it “humbling” and “humiliating.”

“In the O’Donnell family, no one had ever been divorced,” the Exit To Eden star explained.

O’Donnell told a story about their conflicting lifestyles that ultimately led to their split.

“She wanted to play tennis at the country club, and I don’t do country clubs. I tried,” O’Donnell said. “They made an exception for a gay family, and we joined. It was a big thing: ‘They let in a gay family – whoo!’

“So I show up to play with her, and somebody comes out and says, ‘You can’t play unless you have tennis whites.’”

O’Donnell told Winfrey that receiving estrogen treatments has helped her stop seeing red all the time.

“I had, like, zero estrogen. And since I got some, I’ve been able to function more normally,” O’Donnell said. “I’ve stopped being so angry. You know, I think I had a lot more rage than I was aware of.

“But I’ve gotten back access to my other feelings. I’m not cut off from my emotions anymore.”

O’Donnell held little back in discussing her four children, admitting that she often connects better with the young’uns than she does adults.

“The truth is, I’m a little socially awkward — with adults, I still need Relationship 101. But I was always comfortable around kids and always wanted a family of my own.

“I would die for any of my children, and, more importantly, I would live for any of them.”

O’Donnell returns to the air with the debut of The Rosie Show on OWN next month; Winfrey gave her prize acquisition huge words of praise, saying that “in 25 years of doing my show, only one competitor ever seriously challenged me in the ratings: Rosie O’Donnell.

“From the day Rosie took her place among the crowded field of talk show hosts, I knew she had the ‘It’ thing,” Winfrey said.

O’Donnell returned the praise, admitting she passed on a network deal to hitch her wagon onto Oprah’s brand.

“I was actually on the verge of signing a new deal with NBC, and — this probably sounds kiss-assy, but it’s true — just before I was about to sign, I remember saying to my agent, ‘Doesn’t Oprah have her own channel? Can we call there?’

“If I was going back to entertaining, I wanted to work with you,” O’Donnell said.

[From Radar Online]

I find it very hard to believe that Rosie was on the verge of signing a deal with NBC. She had a live variety show on NBC in the fall of 2008 that was absolutely unfunny, awful, and completely tanked in the ratings. Oprah kind of says it all when she explains that she’s never had competition from any other talk show hostess. Now she’s Rosie’s boss, and I’m sure she’s relishing that.

As for the estrogen stuff causing mood problems, I’ve heard that before. It must be really tough to go through menopause. US Weekly has some more quotes from the interview in which Rosie says that hormone shots changed her life.

There’s a promo clip for Rosie’s new shown on the OWN website. It’s kind of disjointed and annoying.

Oh and the cover is just so fug. Rosie is holding a stage curtain over her front, but it looks like she’s lifting up her dress to reveal fishnets and gold combat boots with her toes pointing inward. It’s awful and they made her all clownish while Oprah got to look glam. Typical.



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  1. Happymom says:

    Oprah is letting her be on the cover since Rosie is even larger than she is. And I agree-I hate that Rosie looks like a dork and Oprah looks glammed out-it’s a ridiculous cover.

  2. Seal Team 6 says:

    Her radio show is very good and very interesting. I’m hoping her OWN show is like her radio show.

  3. tiki says:

    rosie had rage issues long before menopause. she is not a nice person. ask the folks in nyack, ny. raging/dwindling hormones can make it more difficult for a person to control how she reacts. the bottom line is, however, that we are all responsible for our behavior. as a woman, it’s particularly galling when other women play the hormone card to excuse/explain their bad behavior.

  4. yepp says:

    where cann i listen to her Radio show… i watched her on an episode of CURB and she was very funny, i may check out her show to show support. Rosie really isnt a bad person.

  5. Sillyone says:

    I absolutely LOATHE this tub of lard.

    I find it comical that she blames her moods on having no estrogen Jesus she’s been a loud mouth obnoxious nasty person since she first opened her mouth. The sight of her makes me nauseous.

  6. Andrea says:

    That big mouth lost me when she started with all of the conspiracy theories she believes in….look it up….she’s lost it, and I don’t think it’s hormones, she has always been an overbearing loud mouth!!! The O cover is the perfect place for her….two peas in a pod!

  7. Rachael says:

    Oprah’s not relishing in being Rosie’s boss. Of course Oprah doesn’t have competition in the talk show arena. She’s f-ing Oprah. and I doubt anyone ever saw her as competition as she has always been the queen. I don’t think Oprah plays catty hierarchal roles like worker bees who work in cubicles. She’s one of the richest and most powerful women in the world, extremely spiritual (more so than she let’s on for mainstream tv) and is a living legend. She is bigger than regular celeb gossip and I think it’s stupid to put her in that category.

  8. Jen says:

    I never was a fan. I drive a lot for work and would listen to her on the radio. Her radio show was great and I really liked her on it. I will check out her show.

  9. melangie says:

    Her radio show is on Sirrius/XM on channel 107 Stars. It’s very self indulgent.

  10. Firecracker says:

    She wasn’t bad when she was a standup comedian, but then something happened to her. She became a horrible loudmouth. I can’t stand her.

    There was a radio station named Rosie107 or something like that here in Portland, and she sued them. Claimed that they were using her name without permission or some ridiculous crap. Like she’s the ONLY person in the world that can use the name Rosie. Dumb bitch.

  11. mrsezc says:

    Right .. Estrogen is everywhere, in everything (per the Health Food Lady I get my vitamins from) … her problem is more lack of her Bi-Polar Medication or maybe a mis-diagnosis of another form of mental illness. Wish she would just go away.

  12. teehee says:

    Well she herself says in a way that its mroe than jsut zero estrogen and that the lack of it only worsened it for her, if you read what she says.
    I sympathize, though.
    And there is a difference between having issues emotionally and mental illness; I wish people would quit throwing others under teh bus as mentally ill just for being human. Or misusing the metally ill label for someone who is less than mature etc. The pharmaceutical companies really have manipulated people into believing in the drug em up mentality… not everything is a diagnosis or needs drugs. But thats a lot of separate topics.

  13. Hellen says:

    That cover looks like a mash-up of Oprah Magazine and a circus poster. If they couldn’t even Photoshop Rosie’s figure into submission, it must be dire. But yes, I think Orca did that on purpose.

    Menopause is a BITCH, but estrogen and hormones have their own dangers and drawbacks.

  14. Welcome back! says:

    I have no problem with Rosie being herself, good for her. If nobody else has her back she should hold her own and what she believes in. She was being attacked every which way, just shut up and take it? Typical of so many to say that. I like Rosie and glad to have her back.

  15. gg says:

    Dude, I have no functioning ovaries and I still take responsibility for my own behavior.

  16. velourazure says:

    i’d have more respect for her if she would just admit that she’s an average everyday garden-variety beyotch.

  17. Me says:

    She always does have an expression on her face like the incredible hulk being forced to stop and smile for a photo mid transformation.

  18. says:

    I agree with @tiki

    I’m sure menopause has got to suck, but really, take responsibility for your own actions. Is she going to claim that her anger prior to menopause was caused by pms? Maybe Mel Gibson and Chris Brown are also angry people because of “zero estrogen”?!

  19. jo says:

    Her synopsis of her relationship is so trite it reminds me of my x telling a marriage therapist he wanted a div cuz I didn’t have a group breakfast when we were in a bed and breakfast… what? wtf? I realized first appt first 5 min it was OVAH .. She lost me when she was argumentative and rude to Tom Sellack.. anyone remember that hullabaloo??

  20. Sanka says:

    To be fair she does also claim to be socially stunted and has anger issues. I have always liked her in lieu of all her conspiracy theories that is. But you just can’t love everything about a person.

    I also have felt bad for her after Trump went after her for very little reason. He called her horrible names but yet was put on a pedestal and adored for it. I think it revealed the ever present sexism in our society like nothing else could.

  21. Cleo says:

    Poor Rosie doesn’t know how to use her wealth to beautify herself like Oprah does. She should leave the kids with the ex and just move into a place with a great chef and a giant pool and swim laps to get her anxieties out.

  22. Tazina says:

    After my hysterectomy I had zero estrogen and felt horrible, irritable, and tearful. leep. The estrogen was like a miracle drug lifting me out of that awful funk.

    BTW you are totally wrong about Rosie’s t.v. show tanking. It was a huge success. “After a 6-year run, the show ended in 2002 when Rosie chose to leave to spend more time with her children. The show won multiple Emmys during its run.”

  23. The Bobster says:

    I always blamed her obnoxious behavior on an overabundance of testosterone.

  24. Kim says:

    Its called a BAD personality not lack of estrogen.

  25. Seal Team 6 says:

    Tazina is right.

    They literally begged her to stay on and continue her show. The amount of money they offered her to stay was insane.

  26. womanfromthenorth says:

    I started my change at 36 and the doc (asswipe)put me on HRT and for 3 years it was a bit better. But for my 40th Birthday I got breast cancer! Had a modified radical mastectomy and was told I could never take hormones again, So I say be careful.. wftn ;)

  27. boo says:

    Hey I’ve been in the “menopause zone” for about 10 years and I guess I’m angry at times, isn’t everyone? I was just happy I didn’t have to deal with my period anymore, there are no drawbacks in that department. I realize that some people think you are “less” of a woman if you are menopausal and therefore go on medication, ie. estrogen. I am not of that ilk, I took estrogen for some months because of hot flashes that left me tired and irritable, but stopped because the estrogen has other side effect that I was not willing to live with. Ergo, I’m on the natch and have been for many years, I’m a little angry at times, but I was angry when I was 18 too, so it’s hard to say. My point being, I think Rosie was angry about other issues other than estrogen and you should just take responsibility but I guess they have to white wash her meltdown on the View with a “story”, to make it palatable, I don’t buy it. Now, getting off anti-depressants! that will really make you angry, but that’s for another post.

  28. gab says:

    @wftn: so sorry to hear about your breast cancer! I know the whole HRT issue is confusing! I wish you good health and a long, happy life!

    ETA: @boo, yes, I got off anti-depressants after ten years on them. I have been off for about two years and feel so much better but it was a mother to get off them. Healthy diet and exercise folks – it works wonders. No sugar, low carbs really helps me. I know it sounds simplistic, but try it.

  29. lucy2 says:

    That cover is awful. Love to know who’s idea that was!
    She seems to have a lot of issues, hope she gets some help for them.

    Tazina, CB is referring to her 2008 variety show tanking, not her talk show, which did do very well.

  30. tripmom says:

    Am I the only one who saw Oprah posing with Rosie and thought “oh good! Oprah finally came out!” She and Rosie actually make a really cute couple. Imagine the talk show they would cohost. Oprah would make everyone cry, then Rosie would cheer them up by flinging Koosh balls and macking on Tom Cruise.

    BTW -I’m not a huge fan of either of these women, but saying that you need relationship 101 sounds an awful lot like accepting responsibility to me.

  31. Amanda G says:

    I always laugh at Oprah’s “O” covers. They airbrush her body to death! Who is she trying to kid?

  32. Amanda says:

    Who even cares about Rosie O’Donnell anymore? Not me!

  33. ZenB!tch says:

    She’s repugnant. She’s like the gay, brunette Chelsea Handler. Trailer trash.

  34. eternalcanadian says:

    Yuck. No plans to watch Rosie’s new show. She’s unclassy and trashy.

  35. taxi says:

    Posie started out funny when she was new on the scene. Then, she got progressively sarcastic, nasty, insulting & lost her funny 15 or 20 yrs ago.

    Not somebody I’ll ever listen to again. Did they photshop her tats away? She had that whole ankle-to-knee stocking, or whatever you call it.

  36. Flan says:

    If you see how hard some guys rage when someone ‘steals’ their loot in a game, estrogen shots might be a good option for them as well.

  37. Dee Cee says:

    How did she actually treated her young ones while all those out of control mindless rages were going on over many years..?

  38. Patricia Paulsen says:

    It is so hard to believe that Oprah Winfrey would give Rosie O’Donnell a forum to once again vent her vile accusations with regard to the September 11th attacks. This is an incredible disappointment and one more reason that ratings for the OWN network will remain in the basement.

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