Rosie O’Donnell didn’t like what David Letterman had to say about her, or her fiancée Michelle Rounds, during the opening monologue on his show Tuesday night. But, rather than apply the old “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt” adage, O’Donnell opted to hurl said stones right on back. During the opening monologue of her show on OWN, O’Donnell criticized Letterman for his “loving, supportive comments,” when he joked, “The woman she is marrying, her fiance, was driving and her car broke down. And guess what happened? Rosie pulls up right behind her in her tow truck.”
After showing the clip from The Late Show with David Letterman to her audience, O’Donnell said, “Why is that Dave? Why? I don’t remember making fun of you when you had sex with all your interns! I didn’t do that. I didn’t make fun of your rampant, throbbing heterosexuality, did I Dave?” The Rosie Show host then came up with her own list: “The Top Five Reasons Why I Will Not Do Your Program.” Among the jabs: “Dave, when you had that heart surgery, you shouldn’t have told the doctors to take out that whole thing. I remember when you had one, Dave, you were nicer then.” Watch the clip below:
What’s most telling about O’Donnell’s rant wasn’t so much that she was mad at Letterman, rather that she referred to him as a “fellow comedian.” While Letterman’s zinger may have been harsh or, as O’Donnell suggested, “anti-gay,” shouldn’t she know that this sort of thing is par for the course in the comedy world? Especially considering she used the opening monologue of her program to do the same thing? Or did Letterman’s arguably overly mean-spirited joke simply deserve another one right back? Or, in O’Donnell’s case, a few? (EW reached out to reps for The Late Show with David Letterman regarding O’Donnell’s retort, but they did not respond at press time.) Share your thoughts on their feud in the comments section below.