Rosie O'Donnell pictured at SiriusXM's "It's Not Over" Town Hall in Las Vegas, April 2, 2015. Getty Images


  • Rosie O'Donnell said a previous conversation Ellen DeGeneres had with Larry King resulted in the pair not being close friends
  • She claimed that DeGeneres told King that she doesn't know O'Donnell and that they are not friends
  • O'Donnell also claimed that DeGeneres never invited her to her talk show until the very end of its 19-season run

Rosie O'Donnell has shared why she and Ellen DeGeneres are not friends.

O'Donnell got candid about her relationship with the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" host during an appearance on Thursday's episode of "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen," where the former "Rosie Show" host admitted to feeling the tension between her and DeGeneres.

O'Donnell had DeGeneres as a guest on her talk show, which aired from 1996 to 2002. However, the "Finding Nemo" star never invited O'Donnell to her own talk show until the very end of its 19-season run.

"Did they not ask [you to appear]?" host Andy Cohen asked.

"No," O'Donnell responded, before explaining, "We had a little bit of a weird thing, and after my show went off the air and hers was coming on the air. Larry King was on with Ellen and he said, 'What ever happened to Rosie O'Donnell? Her show went down the tubes! She came out as a lesbian and disappeared!'"

O'Donnell said DeGeneres' response ultimately resulted in the pair not being friends.

"And Ellen said — and I'm quoting — 'I don't know Rosie. We're not friends,'" O'Donnell claimed. "I was in bed with [ex-wife] Kelli [Carpenter], and I said, 'Did I just hear that? Or was that a hallucination, auditory voice in my ...' And that's what happened. And it hurt my feelings like a baby. And I never really got over it."

While Cohen pointed out that DeGeneres "never asked" the former "View" co-host to come on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," O'Donnell clarified that producers did ask her to appear once toward the end of the series' run.

However, it ultimately didn't push through as she wanted to bring along another guest, but producers did not like the idea.

"I was gonna go on for [the Showtime series] 'SMILF,' but I wanted to bring someone else with me so it was a little less awkward," she explained. "They didn't want to do that."

Despite what DeGeneres allegedly said about her, O'Donnell said she only wishes her fellow TV personality "all good things in her life" and that she "be well."

DeGeneres appeared on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" to talk about her decision to come out in the entertainment industry, according to Us Weekly.

Ahead of the "Puppy Episode" on "Ellen," which saw DeGeneres address her sexuality for the first time, she told O'Donnell the character was "Lebanese." The joke allowed DeGeneres to address rumors about the character while leaving some of the show's plot to be revealed.

DeGeneres' talk show wrapped up in May with Jennifer Aniston as her guest. The "Morning Show" actress was also her first-ever guest when "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" premiered on Sept. 8, 2003.

"I've inspired you to make other people happy and to do good in the world," DeGeneres said in the final episode while thanking her longtime executive producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner. "I feel the love and I send it back to you."

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The rumor that Ellen DeGeneres is divorcing Portia de Rossi has been debunked: Pictured: The television host speaking onstage during “One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief” at the Universal Studios Lot in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2017. Kevin Winter/Getty Images