Rosie O'Donnell has been embroiled in drama from all sides lately, leaving her followers and her critics all wondering what has really been going on in Rosie's life, but audiences at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City this past Saturday night were given a deep look into O'Donnell's situations. Taking the stage, Rosie spent her time in the spotlight talking about her daughter, Chelsea, while a new lawsuit threatens to hit Rosie hard in professional and financial areas.
Rosie O'Donnell Lays Out The Truth About Daughter Chelsea
Treating her stage time at the N.Y.C. comedy club more like a therapy session than a comedy routine, Rosie told the audience that, while Chelsea O'Donnell's troubles may currently be making headlines, it's old news for her and the rest of Rosie's family. Ms. O'Donnell said that Chelsea has spent her entire life struggling with mental illness caused by a chemical imbalance in her brain.
Further complicating Chelsea's troubled mind is the fact that she is reaching the end of her teens and the beginning of her rebellious phase, says Rosie. According to Entertainment Tonight, Ms. O'Donnell says that she understands Chelsea's need for attention at this age and that she looks forward to a loving, peaceful relationship with Chelsea, once she sees this phase through.
"I spent every day this week in therapy in the midst of the b------t. What has happened with my life?" Rosie said. "Five months ago I was a married woman and Donald Trump was a reality star. Now my world has blown up. He is the Republican frontrunner, and the zombie apocalypse is upon us."
Currently, Chelsea has moved out of O'Donnell's home and is reportedly staying in the home of 26-year-old Steve Sheerer. When Chelsea had first disappeared in August, she had also been found living at Sheerer's home, whom she had met through Tinder.
Rosie told the Gotham Comedy Club audience that she has been coping with Chelsea's decision to leave home as well as she can, trying to focus on the four remaining children in her care. Even so, Ms. O'Donnell says she feels Chelsea's presence often and hopes that her adopted daughter will soon return home.
A Former Producer Of The View Sues Rosie O'Donnell
As if her family troubles weren't enough, Ms. O'Donnell is facing a lawsuit initiated by a former producer of The View, which asserts that Rosie committed slander that led to her termination after 14 years of service. The plaintiff, Jennifer Brookman, states that Ms. O'Donnell falsely accused her of leaking news related to the show's production.
The lawsuit seems to implicate a rivalry between Rosie O'Donnell and The View moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, asserting that Brookman leaked information to assist Ms. Goldberg. A specific incident was cited in which Rosie was angered by Goldberg covering a story, the ISIS beheading of James Foley, that Rosie felt was hers to feature.
"At that time, Ms. O'Donnell intimidated Ms. Brookman by screaming that she 'owned' the story and was upset that Ms. Goldberg covered the story, and by grabbing the arms of the chair in which Ms. Brookman was sitting, leaning very close to her face and prohibiting her from leaving," the lawsuit against O'Donnell states, according to People magazine.
A second incident resulted in the termination of Brookman, one in which she confronted Ms. O'Donnell in a production meeting. Sources report that Jennifer instigated the conflict with whispered statements directed at Rosie, which in turn prompted Ms. O'Donnell to respond, escalating the situation.
"The allegations that have been made by Jennifer Brookman against Rosie O'Donnell are baseless and Ms. O'Donnell will defend herself vigorously in court," O'Donnell's attorney, Nicolle Jacoby, said in a statement.
[Featured image: Rosie O'Donnell courtesy of Monica Schipper/Getty Images for SiriusXM]