Rosie O’Donnell is helping former nemesis Michael Cohen write a “spicy” tell-all about his years working for U.S. President Donald Trump.
The star’s work on the project was previously reported by Page Six, and speaking to The Daily Beast, Rosie confirmed she visited the then-jailed lawyer in prison for six hours, and agreed to help with his memoir.
“It’s pretty spicy,” she teased. “He’s in the midst of writing it, and is nearly done writing it, and hopes that it’ll be out before the election.”
The Riding the Bus with My Sister star revealed she struck up her unlikely friendship with Cohen as he was in the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, New York, serving a three-year sentence for lying to Congress and making illegal hush-money payments.
“I wrote him a letter the day that Trump got impeached,” O’Donnell, 58, explained, saying she “found his inmate number online.”
She forgave him for his attacks on her in a letter she says left him “so moved” he “started crying”. The letter sparked an unlikely friendship between the pair, with the former The View host eventually visiting him in prison.
“Michael and I talked a lot about how he got involved in Trump, how it’s a cult, and what role he played not only in Trump Inc.,” she recalled. “He told me what chapters he was doing in his book, and on my way home, I was writing about what had happened between us, and I gave him my breakdown of things that should be in chapters.
“I said, ‘You should tell this story as a chapter, you should tell this story as a chapter,’” she shared.
Despite their troubled relationship in the past, O’Donnell said she always felt she could relate to Cohen because “he always looked to me like someone from my neighbourhood.”
“He grew up on Long Island like I did, he’s a few years younger, and he reminds me of my brothers. I look at this guy and go, ‘How did he fall under the spell of that charlatan?’” she added.