Rosie O’Donnell Talked About Her Friendship With Tom Cruise, Scientology, And The End Of Ellen’s Show

June 25, 2021 / Posted by:

Before she came out as a lesbian in 2002, Rosie O’Donnell had a running bit on her daytime talk show about her “crush” on Tom Cruise. She’d call him her boyfriend, the most perfect man in the world, and go on about how she wanted him to live in her house and do yard work. Hey, it was the nineties. ‘Twas the season to find Tom Cruise hot. In a recent interview on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Rosie says she still loves Tom and he’s never forgotten her birthday in the 25 years they’ve known each other. But she adds she’s not close enough to call him up to chat about Scientology, which she thinks is a scary cult. Love the cult leader, hate the cult. Got it!

via TooFab:

One-time daytime “Queen of Nice” Rosie also discussed the end of Ellen DeGeneres‘ talk show. Last year she briefly touched on Ellen’s downfall, admitting that she has compassion for Ellen, who might be socially awkward. Now she says that Ellen’s downfall as the “be kind” lady is actually pretty complicated:

“I don’t think it was the ‘be kind’ thing that got her,” O’Donnell said. “I think that’s oversimplification. But it was a lot of things, and it was complicated, and I’m glad that she’s, you know, going to be finished and she can get some time to herself.”

She adds that there’s a lot of pressure to front a popular show. Host Jess Cagle asked Rosie if her “Queen of Nice” nickname came back to bite her in the ass:

“Not in the way that Ellen’s talking about, I think,” O’Donnell said. “But you know, I said the day it came out, ‘Look at this, the Queen of Nice. And [in] a couple of years, it’s going to be the Queen of Lice, the Queen of Fried Rice, you know, the Queen of We Don’t Like Her Anymore.'”

Wow, those are really terrible puns. What about “Queen of Ice?”

Let’s end on this retro clip of a Rosie O’Donnell Show interview with Tom if you’d like to be transported back to a simpler time (when a closeted lesbian had a crush on a male A-List movie star who was moonlighting as a cult prince):


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