Rosie O'Donnell Apologizes for 'Fear of Little People' Comment
Rosie O'Donnell is taking responsibility for saying that she has a "mild fear or anxiety around little people" on "The Rosie Show". After "Little People, Big World" stars Matthew and Amy Roloff admitted they are saddened by her confession, the talk show host/comedienne took to her Twitter to apologize for the comment.
In a tweet for Amy, the 49-year-old wrote, "i am sorry my words hurt u and made u sad - they were ineloquently phrased - i apologize and am pained at my own inadequacy." She later admitted that she "messed up" in a response to a follower's tweet that read, "I'm so happy you apologized. I got an instant stomach ache when I heard you say it. I knew it didn't come out right."
Amy herself was quick to respond to Rosie's apology by tweeting, "I appreciate that Rosie. Beginning of further great discussions. Many of us in the LP community were taken back. Let's talk more." She later assured the talk show host in another tweet, "we all do - mess up comment very public & stirred up many memories in many LPs I'm sure. THANK YOU for apology! Much appreciated."
Rosie came out with her "fear of little people" comment during an interview with Chelsea Handler on her OWN television show. "I'm a little ashamed about it [but] I have a mild fear or anxiety around little people," she told the "Chelsea Lately" host. "The problem with me is I can't put the two things together. This is an adult person, a little person ... it's so hard for me."
On Thursday, February 16, Amy and her husband Matthew Roloff stopped by the "Today" show and addressed the issue. "We've still got work to do and there's still people out there that are afraid of little people and having fears," Matt explained. "But I think we've made a ton of progress, and I think our show has just been one of many. A lot of people have done a lot of work over the years."
Amy then chimed in, "Yeah, it really is. It has been an attitude. To think of yourself in one way and to have someone else think of you that way, it plays on you. I was taken back. I was sad, really to hear that from someone. But you know, like Matt and I have talked about, it does give us an opportunity to validate what we have done and what other little people have done."
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