The 50-year-old actress returned to her gig as a co-host on The View on Tuesday (February 3) and made the comment during a Hot Topics segment.
“Just thought about the movie that came out, and this is no disrespect to Angela Bassett because I love [her], but this unauthorized bio of her mom must have killed her,” Rosie said. She then realized she used a poor choice of words and clarified her statement.
“That was terrible phrasing,” she continued. “It must have hurt her deeply to watch that. We forget these people are human beings. We put them into the tabloids, and we forget they’re human beings.”