Rosie Responds to Lohan Comments on ‘Today’

by | April 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM | The Today Show

Donnie Deutsch and Rosie O'Donnell on 'Today' (Photo: NBC)

Rosie O’Donnell was back on “The Today Show” this morning, where she said she was surprised her comments Tuesday about Lindsay Lohan made headlines.

They also got to Lohan, who responded: “It’s funny that someone you don’t know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing.”

On Thursday, Rosie stood by her remarks, in which she called Lohan a tragedy case, but did say she believes the 25-year-old actress is “quite talented.” She then compared Lohan to Whitney Houston.

“We’ve all seen what’s happened in the last decade and it’s tragic,” Rosie said of Lohan, which reminded her of another fallen star.

“I was watching Whitney Houston’s funeral, and I remember thinking, ‘Why didn’t more people say what they knew?’” Rosie said. “We all knew, when she wouldn’t 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 in the throes of addiction.”

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“But all that anyone cared about was that the show was getting ratings,” she went on to say. “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.”

Rosie also pointed out that she wasn’t picking on Lohan – she was asked about the former child star by Matt Lauer during a “Today’s Professionals” segment on whether Lifetime made the right decision in casting the troubled Lohan as screen legend Elizabeth Taylor in a biopic.

“I feel very sorry for [Lohan],” Rosie said Tuesday. “I think 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.”

“I think the interest level in her has waned significantly,” she added.