"Anything that she says, I believe is the truth. ... She's not a faker in any way.I thought she was really great on that road trip she did with Gayle when they were going into the camper and Gayle said, Let's spice up those lesbian rumors."
"I was cracking up. Listen - she's pretty magnificent in every capacity and no, I don't think she's gay," Donnell said.
O'Donnell thinks the speculation about Winfrey's sexuality stems from a general lack of knowledge about, or experience with, close female friendships. "People don't really understand or don't have the privilege of seeing a friendship between two women that is that deep."
"I have the same best friend that I've had since I was 3. I know the intensity of that relationship and what it feels like - to have someone you can depend on no matter what. So, I get it. And I don't think she was defending it as much as just answering all the speculation. She didn't seem defensive to me. If anything, it's just insulting to her integrity that people would consider that she was lying," O'Donnell added.