IS SHE SIRIUS?
This week Rosie O’Donnell appeared on former nemesis Howard Stern‘s talk radio show on the SIRIUS satellite network. Back in the olden days, O’Donnell and Stern were open rivals. But in this very candid interview, O’Donnell admitted that she may have misjudged him, and he conceded that he had grown to respect her since she came out.
Stern’s bawdy and often tasteless (and some would say sexist) humor hasn’t exactly endeared him to huge numbers of lesbian fans, but Stern regularly has out actor George Takei (Star Trek) on the show, and they discuss gay topics including Takei’s upcoming wedding to his longtime partner. And Stern was just as eager to talk about O’Donnell’s lesbianism and her alleged antics when she was a single dyke-about-town.
In the sprawling interview, Stern asked O’Donnell about her time on The View and her relationships with former co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and because he’s Howard Stern, he even tried to cajole her into playing the "F—, Marry, Kill" game with them. She declined with a laugh, saying, "I don’t think I would play with them. … Maybe f—, marry and kill myself!"
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The interview veered into more salacious territory from time to time, and because she’s Rosie O’Donnell, she didn’t hold anything back. Stern recounted a story he’d heard about her swinging single days that involved a penthouse full of naked women, and Rosie, genuinely amused, told him: "You want to know the real story? You can count on two hands the number of people that I’ve been with since I was 18 years old.”
After Stern had found 10 different ways to ask O’Donnell if she would ever consider having sex with his fiancée, Beth Ostrosky (O’Donnell politely declined each time), or have a threesome (she wouldn’t), the conversation inevitably veered into celebrity crush territory. Like all of our mothers, grandmothers and pet parakeets, O’Donnell said that she finds Angelina Jolie irresistible. She said: "She’s got a little darkness, a little kind of quirky weird sexuality going on. It’s not the wrapped perfect package like Beth, who I find very enjoyable."
For the record, O’Donnell’s other crushes also include Angela Bassett, Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek and Diane Lane. She even told Stern that she had found it sexy when Matthew McConaughey talked about cooking a chicken. I’m not sure what she said right after that, as my ears suddenly caught on fire.
Stern told O’Donnell that her partner, Kelli Carpenter-O’Donnell, is beautiful, and then asked if their marriage was "still hot sexually."
O’Donnell answered: "Yeah, but that’s because of her. I’m very fortunate to have a beautiful, loving, sexually-not-dysfunctional wife."
Intermingled with all of the sex talk were discussions of O’Donnell’s childhood sexual abuse and how it has affected her life as an adult, walking away from a hit television show at the height of her fame, her LGBT cruise line, and even her thoughts on 9/11 conspiracy theories.
In the end, Stern acknowledged O’Donnell as a powerhouse and told her that he never thought she should have joined The View and that she works far better as a solo player. He even encouraged her to develop her own radio show on Sirius and promised her an hour-long audition spot for the gig. O’Donnell, who seemed genuinely interested, told him, "I would audition, I’m not above that."
Later, O’Donnell responded to fan questions about her appearance on Stern’s show on her website, rosie.com. One of the questions was:
Leslie: You rocked on Howard! Will you take Howard up on his offer to do an hour show on Howard 101?
Rosie: i will
Now wouldn’t that be interesting?
With a little digging you can turn up some pirated audio clips of the show on the internet. It’s worth the effort. Though I’ve never been a big fan of Stern, I found it riveting.
— by Karman Kregloe