Fran Drescher defends Rosie O’Donnell over Priyanka Chopra’s gaffe


Fran Drescher knows her girlfriend Rosie O’Donnell meant Priyanka Chopra no harm.

“Rosie is a very dear friend of mine, and she, ah, you know, sometimes regrets something she might have done because she would never want to hurt anyone,” the ‘Nanny’ star told Page Six. exclusively on the occasion of Clive Davis’ 90th birthday. party on Wednesday.

Drescher, 64, was having dinner with O’Donnell, 60, at Nobu in Malibu in February when they had an awkward encounter with Chopra and her husband, Nick Jonas.

The comedian later admitted on TikTok that she had “embarrassed” herself by mistakenly thinking the “Quantico” alum was the daughter of self-help guru Deepak Chopra.

“She happens to be a very good woman, and she’s not afraid to fight for the underdog,” Drescher told us of O’Donnell. “She has a terrific character in that regard. She goes to the mat when the others wouldn’t. So yeah, you know, not knowing someone’s name or something should be their biggest offense.

The commendable interaction was given a longer lifespan because the former ‘View’ co-host came under fire for calling Priyanka ‘Chopra’s wife’ in his apology.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas on a red carpet.
Priyanka Chopra, seen here with Nick Jonas, slammed O’Donnell’s apology.
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The former Bollywood star, 39, was clearly miffed by the gaffe, as she posted a message on Instagram which read in part: ‘We ALL deserve to be respected for our unique individuality and not to be called “someone” or “wife” especially in sincere apologies.

O’Donnell then issued a second mea culpa, this time saying, “Priyanka is her name. Priyanka. I hope I pronounce it well. I just want to apologize to her and anyone else who thought it was really inappropriate of me. Sorry, sometimes I f–k up. I did it at Nobu.

As president of SAG-AFTRA, Drescher is admittedly ‘shocked’ by another recent celebrity incident that made headlines: Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars for a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head .

“I’m sure there are a lot of regrets floating around, and I think [it] asks for a closer look at what might have triggered Will because it’s not part of his story,” she told us. “I know him as a very kind and gentle man, and he sadly slipped away. Maybe he needs to look into this and maybe this is an opportunity. You know, sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packaging.

Fran Drescher posing in a gold and black suit.
Drescher was one of the celebrities at Clive Davis’ 90th birthday party.
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Drescher, who also runs a charity called Cancer Schmancer and helped push a bill through Washington, continues to be a force in Hollywood, but that wasn’t always the case.

She shared that early in her career, people underestimated her.

“I have been very fortunate to be able to express myself artistically but also politically and philanthropically and to go to the mat for marginalized people, and I am grateful for all of this because it has given me a life worth living” , she said. noted.

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