ROSIE RECALLS HOLLYWOODS 'SECRET LESBIAN PARTIES'

Rosie O’Donnell paid a visit to Andy Cohen on Bravo’s "Watch What Happens Live" and reminisced about a time not that long ago when both she and Ellen DeGeneres were still in the closet.

Cohen takes us down memory with a clip from Rosie’s old daytime talk show, where she asks her guest, a young Ellen DeGeneres, what is going to happen on her sitcom this season.
"We do find out that the character is Lebanese," Ellen told Rosie. "There have been clues, you see her eating baba ghanoush."  To which Rosie replies, "Maybe I’m Lebanese. I could be Lebanese myself."
Cohen pointed out that at the time, it was basically the closest either of them had come to publicly coming out, and wanted to know if fans understood their little game of word play.

"I didn’t want [Ellen] to be out there alone, and we were friendly at the time … She had called me and told me she was going to have her character come out," she explained. "I said to her, let’s play it, lets walk the line … and she said OK. And I think gay people got it, but straight people did not."

Though Rosie and Ellen haven’t seen each other in a while, Rosie revealed that years ago they would run into each other all the time at underground parties for Hollywood’s lesbians.

"When we were young there were lots of kind of big, secret lesbian parties when nobody was out. It would be like Melissa Etheridge would throw a party and K.D. [Lang] would be there, and I would be there, and Ellen would be there," she told Cohen adding that actress Kristy McNichol, who recently came out was not in attendance.

"But you know who would be there, was Sarah Gilbert and I was totally flipped out because she was like 19 at the time. And I would say to Ellen, ‘Get her out of here, it’s illegal,’ — not that there were like naked women and sex toys everywhere. But we were sort of a little bit more of a clique when we were younger."

Rosie says now that they are old older, they have their own lives and don’t see each other as much. "[Ellen] is in LA, she’s very funny. She’s a nice person, she’s happily married. She’s done so much for gay people, I admire her," she said of DeGeneres.
 

Watch Rosie’s video clip from Bravo’s "Watch What Happen’s Live" via Huffington Post

Share Button
Print

Post new comment

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

*

similar stories

  • EMP-SLIDER

    GERALDINE TURNER RETURNS TO

    By GERALDINE TURNER RETURNS TO

    Geraldine Turner is a true icon of Australian show business. Throughout a career that spans four decades, she has earned her place in the Australian Theatre as one of this country’s most legendary leading ladies. Appearing at the Queensland Cabaret Festival for one night only, ‘Turner’s Turn’ is a celebration of Geraldine’s incredible life on Read more…

    Read More
  • IRELAND VOTES YES TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY

    IRELAND VOTES A BIG

    By IRELAND VOTES A BIG

    A landmark vote in Ireland yesterday resulted in an almost 2 to 1 vote in support of marriage equality with 62% of the 1.9 million voters choosing YES. This significant margin surprised many people as Ireland is a traditionally conservative catholic population. The catholic church led a passionate vote no campaign against marriage equality. After Read more…

    Read More
  • BENJY THE GAY BULL

    EVEN BENJY THE GAY

    By EVEN BENJY THE GAY

    Remember Benjy? He’s the gay Charolais bull from County Mayo, Ireland who was facing the slaughterhouse last year because he showed more interest in other bulls than cows. Thankfully he was spared when The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, along with other LGBT supporters, stumped up the money to buy him. Benjy is now living a Read more…

    Read More
  • URUGUAY-BRITAIN-MUSIC-ELTON JOHN

    ELTON JOHN’S FINAL AUSTRALIAN

    By ELTON JOHN’S FINAL AUSTRALIAN

    Tickets are finally on sale for Sir Elton John’s Australian tour, and the legendary singer has said it may be one of his last. Elt will bring his career-spanning “All The Hits” tour to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on  December 8. “Australia has been one of my favourite countries to tour in ever since my Read more…

    Read More
  • 1623698_10152609282301017_4845967126509266852_n

    Meet Marcus Zimmerman, Mr

    By Meet Marcus Zimmerman, Mr

    Marcus, congratulations on winning Mr Bear QLD during Northern Exposure 2014. It’s been almost 6 months since you took the crown,  how have you enjoyed this time? Thank you. The past 6 months has been one continuous rollercoaster ride of fun, laughter and a chance to meet some truly amazing people throughout our community. I Read more…

    Read More

Videos

Marriage Equality: Bring Your Family With You

Tonight with John Oliver: Australia Dogs CountDown (Johnny Depp vs Barnaby Joyce)