Rosie O'Donnell 'Shocked & Heartbroken' Over Stephen Collins Scandal

by 1:53 PM PDT, October 09, 2014
Playing Rosie O'Donnell 'Shocked & Heartbroken' Over Stephen Collins Scandal

Daytime talk show hosts weighed in on the Stephen Collins controversy on Thursday morning, and The View's Rosie O'Donnell, who has known Collins for years, didn't hold back when giving her opinion.

As a former abuse victim herself, Rosie was "shocked and heartbroken" to hear the recording that allegedly features Collins admitting to having sexual contact with one or more children, although the tapes have not been verified and none of alleged victims have come forward.

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"I think, like anyone here who knows somebody who's been accused of sexual abuse of children, it devastates everyone in the radius of that person," said Rosie. "For me, I always have my antennae up for that, having had a childhood with that."

But even with her wariness, Rosie admitted that she never would have expected Collins to be named in such allegations. According to Rosie, that was the part that upset her the most.

"In my opinion, he's the Michael Landon of this generation," said Rosie. "He always plays the wholesome, wonderful, loving caring guy and in real life is that. And then to add that on top of it is so unbelievably hard."

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The ladies of The Talk also chimed in on the conversation. Co-host Sharon Osbourne pointed out that there's another person bound to be affected by this drama who may be getting overlooked.

"Everybody's forgetting that [Collins and estranged wife Faye Grant] have a daughter together and she's twenty-something," said Sharon, referring to Collins' 25-year-old daughter, Kate. "Can you imagine how she feels right now?"

While Collins is in the middle of divorce proceedings with Grant, ET has confirmed with the NYPD that an active investigation of Collins is being conducted. Collins' estranged wife, Faye Grant, says that the TMZ recordings were given to police and that she had no role in their release to media.