I read this on Daily News
Now here’s a “ruff” response.
“(She) crossed all lines of being a good human being to make a desperate, low-blow joke,” the rep reportedly added.
O’Donnell did damage control after her joke that she’d rather have
“autistic triplets” than her troublesome teenage kids drew ire from the
“The joke is about my feeling incompetent as a parent of teens — that
even the most challenging of parenting situations (autistic triplets) is
preferable to raising (a) teen," she said in a statement obtained by
the Daily News. "Although it was not my intent to hurt people, I realize
"I have 2 children with spectrum disorders," the 53-year-old mom of
five continued. "I am aware of the challenges and stigma associated with
The comedian has also raised money to support autism organizations and
even helped produce an HBO documentary on the subject, "A Mother's
Courage," she added.
But the former “View” co-host was already defending the questionable
quip seconds after delivering it during Sunday’s “Night of Comedy” at
Carolines on Broadway.
When some audience members gasped, she replied, “Trust me, that’s not right. I’ve got some spectrum kids. Shut the f--- up.”
And after one critic accused her of making autistic children “the
punchline of a joke” while responding to a Daily News story about
O’Donnell, the comedian herself fired back.
“I am the punch line — not ur kids,” she tweeted.
That punchline came as part of a longer bit in which O’Donnell, whose
ongoing drama with estranged 18-year-old daughter Chelsea O’Donnell has
lately played out in the public eye, complained that kids “blame you for everything.”
“Really, it’s not been easy,” she said.
A rep from the National Autism Association has not yet replied