Rosie O'Donnell talks fear of little people with Chelsea Handler
Rosie O'Donnell has a little problem with little people, it seems -- a little problem that could blow up big and bad for the talk-show host and Chelsea Handler, who was a guest recently on "The Rosie Show."
Sharing bluntly and awkwardly with Handler, O'Donnell admitted "a mild fear or anxiety around little people" that she blamed on her "Nana," whom she said "was afraid of the 'Wizard of Oz' munchkins."
After getting it straight that Handler hadn't slept with a little person, especially because, as Chelsea put it, "No, that would be child abuse," O'Donnell explained her own problem further.
"What the problem is for me is ... I can't put the two things together. This is an adult person, but it's a little person, but they have adult ... it's so hard for me."
The women discussed little people with terms often reserved for abandoned and unwanted animals, then Rosie brought up the topic of how a little-person couple can have a normal-size child without the mother dying during childbirth. This after Handler essentially said that some of her best friends are little people.
"I was taken back," Amy Rolloff, one of the stars of TLC's "Little People, Big World," told the "Today" show on Thursday. "I was sad really to hear that from someone." (The series, off the air since 2010, is back for four specials starting Sunday.)
"If you're going to have a little person," Handler said, referring to Chuy Bravo, who works on her show, "I want that shape [that he has], you know, that corpulence, and the boomp-boom ... it's just the sweetest, it's like having a kid. 'Cause who else was going to give that guy a job ... "
"There's not a lot of job opportunities for those kind of people," said the host of "Chelsea Lately." "They need help."