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Rosie O’Donnell’s Plans to Come Out in 1992 Were Axed By 'Cosmo' Editor: VIDEO

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In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rosie O’Donnell revealed that her original plan of coming out in a 1992 Cosmopolitan article was nixed by the magazine’s editor.

Said O’Donnell:

"At that time, nobody printed it," she said. "I remember [Editor-in-Chief] Helen Gurley Brown took it out of an interview that [a reporter] had done with me in, like, 1992. He said, 'Are you gay?' and I said, 'Yes.' She took it out ... She was protecting me because at that time it would've been a huge issue, right? So, I think it's changed a lot. I think it's much more common and people are much more used to it. Being a part of a gay family was not nearly as troubling to my kids as being part of a famous family."

O’Donnell publicly came out a decade later in 2002 during a show at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York. 


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  1. The same editor later produced Rosie's daytime talkshow and forced her to say how much she loved Tom Cruise.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 19, 2014 12:14:05 PM

  2. Go easy on her guys - it was the Vernal Equinox, which gave her a very narrow window of time to come out, and therefore prevented her from doing so until the next one rolled around 10 years later!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 19, 2014 1:40:24 PM

  3. OMG, Marlo Thomas looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon!

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Feb 19, 2014 3:27:51 PM

  4. Maybe it's just because I'm stoned, but Rosie kinda looks like a freakish orange blob wearing a pretty white mask. WTF?

    Posted by: Bravo | Feb 19, 2014 7:51:48 PM

  5. So the only way she could come out was through a magazine article? I call BS!

    Posted by: Perry | Feb 20, 2014 10:58:25 AM

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