Rosie O'Donnell speaks out about 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' ending, says host was in 'complicated' situation

The former host ofThe Rosie O’Donnell Showappeared on SiriusXM’sThe Jess Cagle Showon Wednesday where she weighed in on DeGenereshighly-publicized exit following a toxic workplace scandal that saw the host being ripped by staffers and former guests.

O'Donnell, who had her own talk show and is a former co-host of “La vista,” said she has anunderstandingof show business andwhen enough is enough.

Oftentimes people don’t know that. I think I have a good balance of both in my life, of the importance of both. And it’s hard to maintain. It’s hard to do, especially when you’re doing a show like that,” lei disse.

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"Lo spettacolo di Ellen DeGeneres" is ending in 2022 dopo 19 le stagioni.

“Lo spettacolo di Ellen DeGeneres” is ending in 2022 dopo 19 le stagioni. (Warner Bros.)

O’Donnell revealed she believed DeGeneresshow motto “sii gentile” “bit her in the a–.”

Ancora, O’Donnell doesn’t believe it’s the phrasethat got her.

I think that’s oversimplification,” said the TV personality. “But it was a lot of things, and it was complicated, and I’m glad that she’s, sai, going to be finished and she can get some time to herself.

O’Donnell went on to describe jobs like her former positions and DeGenerescurrent talk show gig askind of a strange thing to be on.

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Reflecting on the attention the show has brought her for the past 19 anni, O’Donnnell saidit’s a tough thing.

In the same interview, O’Donnell dished on her close friendship with actor Tom Cruise.

Cruise made several appearances on O’Donnell’s eponymous day time talk show – which aired from 1996 per 2002 – and saw O’Donnell speak about her love for the star.

The former ‘View’ co-host said she's ‘glad’ DeGeneres is stepping away from the gig so she has time for herself.

The former ‘View’ co-host said she’s ‘glad’ DeGeneres is stepping away from the gig so she has time for herself. (AP)

In the interview on Thursday, the actress and comedian raved about Cruise asthe only person who never misses my birthday” in lei 25 years of knowing the actor, aggiungendo “he has never missed an event in my life.

DeGeneres announced in May thatLo spettacolo di Ellen DeGeneres,” will be coming to an end in 2022 after Season 19.

Many questioned the timing of her announcement as it came nearly a year after she received widespread criticism from former staffers and guests for fostering and allowing a toxic workplace environment.

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She vowed to “Oggi” that she was not quitting because of the scandal and further claimed she had “nessuna idea” about the so-called hostile environment until reports surfaced in 2020.

If I was quitting I would not have come back this year. I really did think about not coming back. It was devastating. I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy. I just kept saying to Portia [de Rossi] if I was a fan of somebody and even if I wasn’t, I would think there must be some truth to it because it’s not stopping. Right on the heels of that, I read in the press that there was a toxic work environment. Non ne avevo idea. I never saw anything that would even point to that,” lei disse.

Guthrie asked if she felt as if she were “annullato” when more than a dozen current and former staffers spoke to alleged misconduct taking place atThe Ellen DeGeneres Show.

I mean I really didn’t understand it. I still don’t understand it. I thought something was going on because it was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated. People get picked on but for four months straight for me. And then for me to read in the press about a toxic workplace environment when all I’ve ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is and what a happy place it is.

It was revealed weeks later that theLo spettacolo di Kelly Clarksonwill replace DeGeneresdaytime slot in most markets.

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