Rosie O’Donnell is opening up on CBS’ The Talk as her name gets floated as a possible replacement for Julie Chen. (Chen left her co-hosting post following her husband CBS CEO Leslie Moonves’ ouster over sexual misconduct charges).
O’Donnell, 56, spoke on her relationship with her 20-year-old pregnant daughter Chelsea, from whom she has been estranged many times over the years: "I think with my relationship with my daughter, Chelsea, it really has because we went through some really public troubled times. She’s doing better now and we’re both communicating with each other."
O’Donnell adopted Chelsea as a baby with her late then-wife Kelli Carpenter-O’Donnell.
She continued: "When somebody does something unforgivable to you and you can forgive them and they can forgive you, there’s a kind of grace that descends upon the both of you, within that."
O’Donnell also touched on her other daughter, Dakota, who was diagnosed with autism in 2016. The diagnosis, she says, caused her panic attacks to increase.
"It’s been worse since my daughter got diagnosed with autism. I have a 5 and half year old, and the first day that I was in the meeting and they said, ‘No, she does have autism’… I got slop sweat like William Hurt in Broadcast News. I was like dripping and my heart was going," O'Donnell shared. "It all revolves around trying to protect her from being vulnerable and knowing that there’s only so much that I can do as a mom."