Last night, only “Extra’s” AJ Calloway was with Rosie O’Donnell as she celebrated the fall gala for her Rosie’s Theater Kids charity.
The 55-year-old recently revealed she is dating a younger woman named Rooney, 33. Rosie spoke candidly with AJ about her new love, who was there to support her at the event, saying, “I've been dating a woman who's a police officer from Worcester and she’s on the mountain division so she rides a horse every day. She was in the Army for eight years. She was an undefeated boxing champion in the Army. We are both huge UFC enthusiasts… It’s fun to have someone to watch it with because nobody in my house cared. She’s wonderful.”
O’Donnell, who is never afraid to speak her mind when it comes to politics, is still not a fan of President Trump. She commented, “He's the worst thing that's happened to democracy. And it's tragic for me as a 55-year-old American to see what has become of our nation.”
The two have had a contentious relationship over the years, even though she was a guest at his 1993 wedding to Marla Maples. She pointed out, “That was the first time I ever met him. He made jokes at the time when he found out when I was, in fact, invited to his wedding — which I'm sure was not met with glee — and then he wrote 'she ate all the cake.' I was like, 'I'll just put up a picture of me in my size 10 Armani suit.'”
Rosie is also renewing her fight for gun control after the Texas church massacre. As a mom, she has been passionate about gun control ever since Sandy Hook. She emphasized, “When all those kids died at Sandy Hook, nothing was done. This can't be the America we all grew up loving. There has to be a way to right this.”
Rosie also said she feels that Hollywood is heading in the right direction in terms of speaking out on sexual harassment. She explained, “Enough of men in power abusing those who are weaker than them.”
As for disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, Rosie said, “I knew that he was a guy who slept with a lot of people, a lot of actresses. In my mind, it was the casting couch scenario. And if they said no, it was no. Not he trapped them in the corner and then accosted them by touching himself. I was actually stunned by that.”
Along with honoring the 20th anniversary of Broadway’s “The Lion King,” Rosie is making a difference with her organization, Rosie’s Theater Kids. She shared, “It’s a great way to give back for me. It was musical theater that saved me as a kid. It was the teachers in public school that believed in me.”
Rosie also raved about her "SMILF" co-star Frankie Shaw, who stars in, produces, writes and directs the Showtime show. O'Donnell said, "I'm thrilled to be able to play her mother, and I feel proud like a mother would for all that she has accomplished in her young life."
To help Rosie's organization, visit RosiesTheaterKids.org!