Rosie O'Donnell: Lindsay Lohan Isn't "Capable" of Playing Elizabeth Taylor

Entertainment Apr. 24, 2012 AT 10:35AM
Rosie O'Donnell and Lindsay Lohan Rosie O'Donnell and Lindsay Lohan Credit: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank; Joe Scarnici/WireImage.com

Suffice to say, Rosie O'Donnell won't be tuning in for Lindsay Lohan's turn as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's Liz & Dick.

O'Donnell, 50, appeared alongside Star Jones and Donny Deutsch on Today's professionals panel Tuesday to weigh in on a variety of topics, one of them being Lohan's latest film role. Though Deutsch, 54, supported Lohan's casting, O'Donnell wasn't as pleased.

"I feel very sorry for her. I think she needs a lot of help," she said of the actress, who's spent the past few years in court and rehab. "She needs time away."

Co-anchor Matt Lauer then asked: "But is it a good idea to cast her?"

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"No!" O'Donnell said. "Because she's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including SNL. She was out and not at rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work."

Jones, 50, echoed O'Donnell's sentiments. "I used to think she was extremely talented, but I have not seen enough of her as an actress in recent years to really make an evaluation," she explained.

When Deutsch referred to Lohan, 25, as "our generation's Elizabeth Taylor," O'Donnell lost it. "You're out of your mind. You're a crackhead! Get out of here!" she told him. "The last thing she did good she was 16."

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O'Donnell added: "I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed."

Fortunately for Lohan, it doesn't matter what O'Donnell thinks: Rob Sharenow, executive vice president o programming for Lifetime told Us Weekly Monday that the network is "thrilled" to have her on board.

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Sharenow added: "She is one of the rare actresses who possesses the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon." Liz & Dick is scheduled to begin filming in L.A. in June.

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