Rosie Cares About Lilo

Rosie O'Donnell is softening her stance on the whole Lindsay Lohan feud thing, saying she is only concerned for the young actress' life and doesn't want to see her die.

Rosie O'Donnell

If you think there is a bitter feud between Rosie O'Donnell and Lindsay Lohan, think again. The TV personality said she only made her mean girl comments earlier this week because she thinks Lohan desperately needs help and she doesn't want to see her die like Whitney Houston.

During her guest spot on The Today Show, O'Donnell further clarified her earlier remarks.

"To look at Lindsay Lohan you can't help but feel for her. I don't think she's untalented, I think she's quite talented," O'Donnell said.

"I'm 50 years old: I [was] watching Whitney Houston's funeral, and I remember thinking, 'Why didn't more people say what they knew?' We all knew, when she would not show up to do this show, not show up to do my show, we watched Being Bobby Brown and it was like watching Sid and Nancy, they were people who were in the throes of addiction," Rosie said.

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"But all that anyone cared about was that the show was getting ratings, not that this woman, this talented individual, this human being, this mother, this daughter, was worth saving!"

She also told Ann Curry and Matt Lauer that she would rather state a wildly unpopular opinion and get beaten up for it in the press than turn a blind eye to someone who needs help -- and obviously she won't stop giving people her brutally honest opinion.

"There's going to be a whole other controversy. Barbara Eden, I'm coming after you!" O'Donnell Joked.

Watch Rosie O'Donnell talk Lindsay Lohan on The Today Show:

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Comments on "Rosie O'Donnell: I don't want Lindsay to go out like Whitney"

Adam May 10, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Rosie's quest to save Linday is honorable, but will anybody listen? Lindsay's wild and reckless behavior is what drives ratings regardless of what it means for Ms. Lohan. The voyeuristic tendency of deriving pleasure from other people's suffering has a name: schadenfreude. It seems that too often the collective audience of Americans views celebrities as performers both on the stage and off. We assume that everything a celebrity does is part of his or her act, and this can be harmful if a star is battling a drug addiction. I hope more people will listen to Rosie and stand up for Lindsay Lohan. We all need to have empathy for celebrities who have serious personal issues.

Kim May 06, 2012 | 2:26 PM

Celebrities are not invincible to the conequences of drugs. Having piles of money does not protect a person's body from the ravages of drugs. The list of talented and famous people who have died as a result of taking drugs is long and familiar. Kicking the bucket once you crest the peak of stardom will not make you an immortal scion of the gods - it will just make you dead. I am starting to file all these celebrity drug deaths in the who cares department of my brain. I figure it is the least I can do to protest the glorification of drugs and death in our culture.

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