Rosie O’Donnell mad that Oprah was Photoshopped thinner than her on O Mag

Back when we covered Rosie O’Donnell’s joint O cover with The Mighty O (because no one can be on Oprah’s magazine without Oprah standing right there looking like she’s calling the shots), I mentioned that the contrast between Rosie and Oprah was noticeable and comical. Rosie was dorky in a pose that looked like she was a child lifting up her skirt (it was a stage curtain) while standing awkwardly in some combat boots. Oprah was behind her looking incredibly glamorous in an evening gown, like she was so much more elegant than Rosie could ever be. Well Oprah was also a lot thinner looking than Rosie, and supposedly that peeved Rosie off since it’s not the case at all in real life. It looks like the Photoshop grunts who work for Oprah are only allowed to thinify Oprah, not the occasional minions she permits to share the cover with her. Rosie wondered why she looked so fat in comparison.

Rosie O’Donnell is furious over the October cover of “O” magazine she shares with Oprah Winfrey – she feels she was used as a prop to make her new TV boss look skinny.

The Emmy winner “believes Oprah resorted to trick photography” to alter the picture so she looks thin, but didn’t use the same manipulation for Rosie, an insider told The Enquirer…

“Rosie is upset because she worked hard to make herself look good and get back into shape for ‘The Rosie Show,’” said the insider. “And this cover just makes her look terrible – especially standing next to Oprah, who is clearly slimmed down through the miracle of computer technology.

“In reality, Oprah has at least 30 pounds on Rosie!”

[Oprahs] O covers had removed her flabby belly, double chin, refined her nose and slimmed down her body to make her appear at least 50 pounds trimmer. They even retouched her feet to make them look like those of a foot model while her real feet look almost deformed with crooked bunion toes!

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, October 3, 2011]

I love how The Enquirer calls out Oprah on her hammer toes! That’s so funny. Well Rosie has a new thin girlfriend, so if she’s worried about looking heavy next to someone she’s about to deal with that on a daily basis. I kind of love it when Oprah gets called on her egotism though. She sees herself as a benevolent deity sent here to rescue us from the daily grind, and it’s clear that type of delusion extends to her personal appearance too.

Oh and check out the image they used for the inside of the magazine. Rosie in a bunch of TVs with Oprah presiding over her.



photo credit: Fame and O Magazine

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  1. atlantapug says:

    Rosie, STFU!

    You’re lucky someone even wants to pay you, you annoying cow. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

  2. Emma says:

    Comparing the two bottom pics, Rosie does look smaller. I’d be a bit embarrassed over that cover too, if I were Rosie. That being said, if you’re heavy, you should only be mad at yourself. It shouldn’t come across as a shocker if you’re 300 lbs and look like 300 lbs in a picture. If it enrages you, do something about it instead of throwing a hissyfit over someone else who has nothing to do with your own weight issues.

  3. Moi says:

    It’s absurd. Opray (Spelling mistake that stays), Hallelujah, love yourself, love your fat jiggly body, hallelujah!!

  4. Monie says:

    Oh Rosie, lose some chub and you won’t have to worry about it. It’s not like Oprah’s team photoshopped her to hell just on YOUR joint cover. Oprah is always spanxed within an inch of her life and photoshopped to hell on EVERY cover. I subscribe to O Magazine and smirk whenever I see the cover. Women over a size 10/12 do not have flat tummies, sorry. But Oprah manages to have one every month. LOL

  5. Jessica says:

    I cant believe I am about to say this, but I LOVE ROSIE’s BOOTS!!!

  6. teehee says:

    Yeah when you see the candids, you definitely notice they are both nearly the same size and Oprah is a hella lot wider in the waist department than on the cover.
    Its bogus to shop regardless; but yes if youre gonna do it be FAIR and shop everyone!
    I mean really what is the issue– will us comnon folk really have that big of a problem accepting people who look similar to us on teh cover of magazines? Wouldnt we actually be happier if we finally felt normal or slightly pretty again?
    I wish there was a way to banish the “fake demand” for photoshop. Its being done without too much support or need- its more in the idealized, fabricating minds of magazine publishers and artists that its necessary to shop everything to crayola perfection. In reality I doubt it makes that much of a difference in terms of sales other than enraging and disgusting customers with how clownish everything appears. I think it woudl do more to alienate readers.
    But maybe they also find it a good marketing ploy, to lure you with so much unattainable perfection, to read their tips and secrets AS IF you could ever manage to make yourself look that way by following them.
    Well its not fooling me.

  7. jessica says:

    Fat or not. It’s just an ugly cover. The photographer should be the only one embarrassed not Rosie.

  8. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    @Jessica I love the boots too! Rosie looks like she’d be fun to have a drink with. I enjoyed her show and magazine when it was out, much more than Oprah.

  9. Lithe says:

    This story made me LOL. Poor Rosie. Always mad about something, but I can certainly understand her beef (hah) with this.

    As for Oprah being egotistical, I think she has long passed the point of caring she comes off that way. It’s this aspect of her that made me quit watching her show more than a decade ago.

  10. nnire says:

    this smells a bit fromage-y. Rosie totally knew what she was signing up for with Oprah and it should not be a surprise to anyone, least of all Rosie, that Oprah is the queen bee. She is self deprecating and i can’t imagine that she would be ‘furious’ about this cover at all. the theatre curtain is probably a nod to her love of musicals, and those are not combat boots, they’re doc martens. this enquirer article is just a sad excuse to allow the haters to hate.

  11. G says:

    Isn’t this a pattern with Rosie? She can’t help getting mad at her boss, etc. and topedoing her own appearances?

  12. Lindy says:

    It really annoys me about Oprah–stop peddling your stupid “power of positive thinking” “love yourself” “be healthy, be happy” “self-esteem” message if you can’t stand to be on the cover of your own magazine without getting majorly ‘shopped. Rosie has a point here.

    ETA: However, it would look a lot better if Rosie didn’t make her point by sounding like a whiny, narcissistic 12-year-old.

  13. Samihami says:

    Rosie is a physically ugly person, with a personality to match. All the photoshopping in the world couldn’t make her look good, so why fuss? At least she’s getting a paycheck, for which she should be extremely grateful since she has no discernable talent.

  14. Hollowdoll says:

    I’m digging the boots myself. I don’t like airbrushing etc. but one for all and all for one. let’s be fair. I found Rosie more amusing than Oprah ever was or will be.

  15. Jaxx says:

    Did Rosie learn nothing from Charlie Sheen?

    Bad Mouthing Your Boss=Bad Idea

  16. the other mel says:

    Every time I’m at the store lately I see this magazine and wonder how they could have fucked this cover so badly. Rosie looked like her legs are deformed — like her torso is super long and her hips start well below a normal hipline. It’s just wierd. And why she agreed to that hideous circus sideshow getup is beyond me. I’m no fan of Rosie, but I, too, would be supremely pissed by this shit cover.

  17. whitedaisy says:

    Rosie is smaller than O in real life, but it is what it is.
    The Oprah conglomerate rules all.

  18. The Bobster says:

    Here’s a novel idea: use the original picture. Why not? Would the magazine have to be made wider?

  19. Nymeria says:

    I want tiny versions of Rosie O’Donnell’s shoes to hang on my Christmas tree.

  20. Patricia says:

    I can’t stand either one of them so this delights me to no end.

    Their behavior makes them both look exactly like the complete jackasses they are.

    No Photoshop tool can change that.

    Good stuff.

  21. sassy says:

    Look. It’s oprah’s network. She’s in charge. You don’t like it? You don’t have to work for her…

  22. kay says:

    “oprah’s biggest a-ha moment yet!”

    it really is too bad she can’t just accept who she is and stop trying to have a-ha moments, whatever those are. perhaps she likes their music.

  23. YvetteW says:

    Rosie should get her own magazine (and TV network) if she wants to shine. She better bow down, STFU, and get paid. Rosie is running out of bridges to burn. I give Rosie and Oprah 6 months of working together – max!

  24. clark says:

    this is just an awful looking cover all around.

  25. Erinn says:

    I can’t believe she’s just growling about the photoshopping.

    Half of the problem is the composition of the shot.

    Rosie is closer to the camera AND covered by the drape for the most part. Oprah is being partially covered by Rosie, plus, the way that O is standing it’s going to make her look thinner.

    Not to mention the chunky shoes compared to the leg slimming pumps. It’s not a case of photoshopping being the problem, it’s the whole photo SHOOT.

  26. Kim says:

    Its Oprah people! I like Oprah but she is an egomaniac. HELLO she puts herself on every one of her covers. Why doesnt she put women who do charitable work, teachers, nurses, etc.

    Isnt this first cover where she actually has someone else w/ her on cover?

  27. Vera says:

    I’m siding with Rosie. Sure, she should get healthier, but even if Oprah didn’t have control on what was being shopped, her massive ego has annoyed me for years.

    I have very little respect for her as a person – she has done some wonderful things, but she’s never forgotten to stamp her name on it to ensure that she’ll get praise.

    And she definitely looks bigger than Rosie in the shots below the cover. Thunder thighs take new meanings with her. That cover dress is hiding so much of her and the lighting – likely enhanced to help how she looks – only helps her appearance in looking slimmed down, yet when you see her in the pink she looks like a tank compared to the cover and is trying to hide behind props.

    Then again, I will never forget the piece of wisdom my high school French teacher gave me, “Oprah’s weight changes with the seasons.” And this is so true. My mother gets her magazines so I could probably go back years and be amused by her weight spikes and drops.

    If she is really embarrassed of it, she should work to keep it off. Or, she should embrace her size. Not hide behind props/people so her ego doesn’t get bruised.

  28. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I don’t think it was photos shopped, I think Rosie fat ass was covering Oprah’s fat ass! No shopped pics needed.

  29. DarkEmpress says:

    I find this story hard to believe. I saw a pic of Oprah and Rosie on and it was not a doctored photograph and Rosie looked bigger than Oprah. Rosie was wearing baggier clothes, but she also had a double chin.

  30. Semper says:

    I don’t blame Rosie for being upset, I’d be too. Oprah was ‘shopped to look like a 130lb forty year old and Rosie was dressed in unflattering clothes, put in an unflattering pose and it doesn’t look like they shaved a pound off her. She was basically used as a prop to make Oprah look better by comparison, and I’d be pissed too if someone did that to me.

    Oprah’s ego is ridiculous, if she had Kate Moss on the cover with her she’d still find a way to make herself look like the more attractive one.

  31. Bec says:

    This is great PR for Rosie’s show and for the OWN network, hmmmm. Accident? Maybe not completely. I also have to say that I was surprised to read so many people write comments that they take issue with Oprah for certain things and that she really turns them off at times! I thought I was the only one!

  32. Laura says:

    This was the biggest mistake Oprah has ever made. The cover is GROSS. It’s just nauseating….she needs to hire new people.

  33. Lisa says:

    Oprah looks slammin in this photo..nuff said.WOW!