Rosie O'Donnell Clarifies Lohan Criticism on "Today"

Rosie O'Donnell now says Lohan is "quite talented"

By COURTNEY MARMON
|  Thursday, Apr 26, 2012  |  Updated 9:36 AM PDT
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Rosie O'Donnell did not apologize for criticizing Lindsay Lohan on the "Today" show.

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Rosie O’Donnell isn’t backing down after having said Lindsay Lohan was not “capable” to portray Elizabeth Taylor.
 
On NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday, O’Donnell said Lohan was ill-fit to play Taylor in the upcoming Lifetime made-for-TV-movie “Liz and Dick” because “the last thing [Lohan] did good, she was sixteen.”

  In response, Lohan told Access Hollywood that, “I know that I’m great” and said that she had been “honored” to take on the role.
 
O’Donnell returned to “Today” Thursday to clarify that her comments were not in reference to Lohan’s acting abilities. But she didn’t apologize.
 
Instead, O’Donnell said she had been concerned by Lohan’s behavior – and compared the actress to Whitney Houston.
 
“ I (was) watching Whitney Houston’s funeral, and I remember thinking why didn’t more people say what they knew?” O’Donnell said. “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 in the throes of addiction. 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.”
 
O’Donnell said she “can’t help but feel” for Lohan, who she said was not a bad actress.
 
“I do not think she’s untalented, I think she’s quite talented,” O’Donnell said.

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