Rosie O’Donnell is apologizing for comments she made about little people on her Oprah Winfrey Network talker, “The Rosie Show.” O’Donnell bantered with guest Chelsea Handler about her own fear of little people and the conversation kind of went south from there.
“@amyroloffCF – i am sorry my words hurt u and made u sad – they were ineloquently phrased – i apologize and am pained at my own inadequacy,” tweets O’Donnell just hours after she was contacted by Little People of America.
Both Amy Roloff and her husband, Matt Roloff, stars of TLC’s “Little People, Big World” have expressed their dismay with O’Donnell’s admission of being anxious around little people.
“We were mainly disappointed since Rosie is so open to diversity and accepting of different people,” Matt Roloff tells Zap2it.com. “We also felt like it was the wrong forum to discuss the fear — which, by the way, we totally get.”
When we chatted with Roloff, O’Donnell hadn’t yet issued her apology.
“I’d like to invite her out to the farm for a day to meet us and see we’re just people,” says Roloff. “That would be a more interesting result than some apology out of pressure.”
He also admonished Handler, who has a little person on her talk show, for not seizing the opportunity to “re-humanize” little people.
A special episode of the Roloff’s show, “Little People, Big World: Battle for the Farm,” airs Sunday (Feb 19) at 8 ET on TLC.