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Rosie O’Donnell Fears ‘Little People,’ and No, Not the Unwashed Masses

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I remember meeting Rosie O’Donnell briefly as as a young teen, as she signed autographs outside the Broadway version of Grease, where she played Rizzo.

When it was my turn to approach the star, she hesitated for a minute before signing my Playbill- and she looked down and said, “I only sign for kids.” I suppose I had gotten to the point where I looked possibly older than my age, and I got the impression that O’Donnell tried to limit her interaction with fans that were adults. So when I read that Rosie is afraid of “little people,” I immediately thought of the other, Hollywood definition- but it turns out that, no, Rosie O’Donnell is also afraid of TLC-show type of little people.

The talk show star and former View host was hanging out with Chelsea Handler on the OWN Network when an exchange between the two women occurred that many little people (and non-little people) have found offensive on a multitude of levels. Rosie first admitted her phobia of little people- which, using the “black test” (imagining the conversation as if it occurred about black people), fails miserably in terms of acceptability.

But Handler kind of went in the opposite direction- and still managed to be at least as offensive. When asked by O’Donnell if she had “done” a little person, Handler giggles that she hadn’t, because that would be “child abuse.” O’Donnell had said:

“I’m a little ashamed about it… I have a mild fear or anxiety around little people… I can’t put [sex and smaller adults] together. This is an adult person, but it’s a little person, but they have adult… it’s so hard for me.”

Handler replied:

“I love little people. Whatever you have, I have the opposite. I want to tackle them. I see them and I have to hold myself down. I bite Chuy sometimes. He comes into my office and he’s so cute. That’s my ultimate body, if you’re going to have a little person. I want that shape, the corpulence.”

Watch the clip in which Rosie O’Donnell discusses her fear of little people with Chelsea Handler, below.

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41 Responses to “Rosie O’Donnell Fears ‘Little People,’ and No, Not the Unwashed Masses”

  1. Ethan Shue

    And don't forget, Tom Selleck is the spokesperson for the leading cause of death, Guns. Oh wait, no it wasn't, K-mart sold the most weapons, and thier spokesperson was Rosie.

  2. Paul Kerr

    real class….as a gay person, one would think she would be a little more sensitive to ostrasizing differences…owell.

  3. Paul Kerr

    real class….as a gay person, one would think she would be a little more sensitive to ostrasizing differences…owell.

  4. Anonymous

    As far as I'm concerned, Rosie O'Donnell is not even a person I would tune in to watch; she's petty, stupid and isn't even a good hostess!

  5. Alice Clemons

    I have fear and anxiety about you, Rosie. And that sex thing too…..

  6. Vivian White

    Is there anyone these two women won't insult in order to get their faces plastered all over the news. How can anyone want air time that badly. Why would any studio want that much negative publicity by having them on a show. They are the "little people", petty, spiteful and mean.

  7. Fionna Rhys-Jones

    When she attacked Tom Selleck after Columbine I never watched her again, what an idiot at least we know of Handler's love for little people!

  8. Kimberley Stewart-Sleichter

    you know all people are different and have different fears. I fear CLOWNS! Am I going to apologize for that? HELL NO! she shouldn't either. It's a FEAR not a CHOICE! Stupid people get your own life and quit bitching about people! your the ones that need the apology for breathing!

  9. Anne Price

    U know Rosie U used 2 love U but ever since U tore Tom Selleck apart on UR show I have nothing but discuss 4 U, I wish U would just go away!

  10. Margaret McGuire

    If Rosie can't imagine sex between a little person and a regular person, why does she think it's ok for two women together. I have no problem with gay people, but Rosie doesn't make any sense.

  11. Verna Gattone

    Rosie, you of all people should be very ashame. You are openly gay and you don't like "little ppl"…SHAME ON YOU. Have you forgotten how people treated you in the past?

  12. Dan Merwin

    Good for Clay….he's spot on in that letter and I look forward to his autobiography!

  13. Anonymous

    Leading causes of Death in the U.S. 2009. U.S. Government statistics Bureau

    Heart disease: 599,413

    Cancer: 567,628

    Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 137,353

    Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,842

    Accidents (unintentional injuries): 118,021

    Alzheimer's disease: 79,003

    Diabetes: 68,705

    Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,692

    Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,935

    Intentional self-harm (suicide): 36,909

    Your such an idiot

  14. Ethan Shue

    Brian Goss, it wasn't my claim. It was Rosie's with her interview of Tom Selleck. Thus started her downward spiral of losing her show, losing her sponsorship with K-Mart, etc. But thanks for pointing out how dumb she was to passionately go off on a tirade without actually having her facts straight.

  15. Debi Lindsay Dickerson

    kudos to tom for putting her in her place that day. i would love to see donny osmond come back and get his shot at her too.. she is vulger and disgusting and needs to just keep her BIG, FAT mouth shut.

  16. Cara Hartley

    Debi Lindsay Dickerson The big FAT mouth remark is just as offensive. People are people no matter what their size. Fat people are PEOPLE too.

  17. Mitzi Hirbe

    You know I watched the show, and did not think anything of it at the time. I too have said things about likes and dislikes, so I thought they were expressing their opinion. However, now that I read some of the articles and posts, I would agree it was inappropriate. Rosie, apologize about being prejudice and be understanding and forgiving when it is directed at you. Have a "little people" show. You are on OWN, it is about learning, growing, understanding….go there.

  18. Cara Hartley

    I agree, Vivian. I don't see why people find Chelsea Handler so amusing. To me she resembles one of those people who gets too drunk at a party and says offensive things that only she thinks are funny–only she doesn't even bother with the getting drunk part. And Rosie seems to have gotten way too full of herself these days. I used to like her because she seemed like kind of an everywoman. But for a while now she's just seemed like a know it all.

  19. Constance Coburn-Davis

    I could never understand why Oprah hooked up with Rosie, she is one of the most rude person. Always has been and I think always will be. In my opinion with Oprah wanting to get OWN on its feet, she made a bad, bad mistake giving Rosie a show. I no I won't watch the show.

  20. Jennifer Woody Zevitas

    Thanks for posting that letter Sarah…..very good letter for Ms. O'Donnell to read!

  21. Carol Rose

    I don't give a S___ about Rosey –even though my name is Rose. I cannot understand why she has so many followers or else she would not be in the public eye! UGG!

  22. Andrew Asselin

    She afraid she might eat them , she's a fat slob with the class of dung,,,, I think she a little minded person as well, what's next pregnant women…… Fat ass lesbians shouldn't even be allowed in the public. shes a discrace to women around the world. Go eat a bag of chips you disgusting old PIG.

  23. Cindy Ketler

    Maybe its time you look at your fears and get over them. They are as much human as you and you are not any better than anyone. Sounds like you have some GIANT insecurities that you should address to become a more loving human being.

  24. Gabriele Metzig

    Good grief! Why is everyone so easily offended these days; everything has to be so PC. These women are in show business. If you don't like them, don't watch their shows. Personally, I love Chelsea, I think she's hilarious on her show Chelsea Lately.

  25. Tippsy Cupps

    This is something I just don't get…why must we be reduced to our appearances? Like, "Oh, that's a little person," or "Oh, that's a black guy," etc. Obviously your outward appearance affects who you are to a degree because society as a whole will treat you based on how you look, so it can't be ignored totally. Our appearance does affect who we are, but it isn't ALL that we are. When I see someone, I don't think "Oh, that's a <insert whatever>." I just see…a person. Imagine that!

  26. Andrew Asselin

    Kim Strong ,,,, Yea not as harsh as her personality, personal views and her political views. She has no class and has no right to judge others,,,,,