Despite early success as a stand-up comic, a respectable resume of big-screen supporting roles ("A League of Their Own," "Sleepless in Seattle"), a possible future on FX's "Nip/Tuck" and duty at the helm of two daytime talk shows, Rosie O'Donnell's propensity for speaking her mind has garnered her the most attention throughout her career. Following this morning's announcement of a planned exit from "The View," we pause to replay a few choice words from the mouth from Queens:
1999: "You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison."
O'Donnell's outspoken anti-gun stance landed her in an on-screen imbroglio with actor Tom Selleck, who claims O'Donnell broke an agreement to not talk about his affiliation with the NRA.
Nov. 20, 2006: "To me that was a homophobic remark. If that was a straight man... if that was a guy that she didn't question his sexuality, she would have said a different thing."
O'Donnell was referring to "Live With Regis & Kelly's" Kelly Ripa's annoyance at guest host Clay Aiken's attempt to silence her by placing his hand over her mouth. Ripa said: "I just don't know where that hand's been, honey." Ripa vehemently denied that the comment was homophobic.
Dec. 5, 2006: "You know, you can imagine in China it's like, 'Ching-chong, ching-chong. Danny DeVito. Ching-chong, ching-chong-chong. Drunk. The View. Ching-chong.'"
This time, O'Donnell inspired an Asian backlash with her characterization of how Danny DeVito's drunken "View" appearance was playing in China.
Dec. 20, 2006: "(He) left the first wife -- had an affair. (He) had kids both times, but he's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America. Donald, sit and spin, my friend."
The above statement -- O'Donnell's assessment of Trump's forgiveness of hard-partying Miss America Tara Connor -- kicked off a massive feud between the two. Trump variously called O'Donnell "fat," "unattractive," "a loser," "slob," and "terrible" while O'Donnell ramped up the vitriol by terming Trump a "snake-oil salesman" and "comb-over bunny." (More Rosie vs. Donald)
March 26, 2007: "There were 15 British sailors and marines who apparently went in to Iranian waters and they were seized by the Iranians. And I have one thing to say. Gulf of Tonkin. Google it."
Referring to the capture of a British Navy crew patrolling the Persian Gulf, O'Donnell seemed to imply that the event may have been staged. The comment drew fire from several critics, including conservative newsman Bill O'Reilly and (surprise, surprise) Donald Trump.
April 23, 2007: "It was always my dream to give an old, bald billionaire a boner."
Just one gem from Rosie's offensive monologue as host of the Matrix Awards. According to the New York Post, O'Donnell also dropped the f-bomb multiple times and grabbed her crotch shouting "Eat me." On O'Donnell's blog, she writes of her misgivings about attending the lunch and being "forced" to introduce Rupert Murdoch.