Rosie O'Donnell Recalls Coming Out as Gay After 9/11 (Exclusive)

Rosie O’Donnell is getting candid about how she decided to come out. In this exclusive preview of Wednesday’s episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans, the 58-year-old comedian recalls the 2002 moment.

The episode features O’Donnell speaking with both Gloria Estefan and Estefan’s 25-year-old daughter, Emily, who herself talks about coming out to her famous mom. O’Donnell came out during her February 2002 appearance at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York, and she tells the Estefans that the moment wasn’t actually a big deal considering it happened after 9/11.

“When I came out on TV after 9/11, it was like a blip, nobody even … but I, like you, Emily, was surprised that people thought I was not gay,” she says. “I went to a comedy club and I was doing stand-up and I’m like, “I’m gay. Listen, 9/11 happened, I’m gay. I’m telling you all, I’m gay. In case the buildings blow up again, I’m so, so gay,’ you know?”

Red Table Talk: The Estefans‘ new episode featuring O’Donnell as well as Michelle Rodriguez candidly discussing sexuality, drops Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET on Facebook Watch.

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