Rosie O’Donnell Opens Up About Spoiling ‘Fight Club’ on Her ’90s Talk Show

by Samantha Whidden

Television personality and actress Rosie O’Donnell is finally discussing how she spoiled the ending of Brad Pitt’s thriller film Fight Club for her 90s talk show fans. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rosie saw an early screening of the film and while she was stating how much she didn’t like Fight Club’s themes and violence, she revealed the movie’s huge plot twist to her audience. 

During an interview with Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Rosie O’Donnell states she didn’t even realize what she did nor was she trying to spoil the movie for anyone. “Here’s the real truth – I was just talking [about the movie] because I didn’t think it was good,” Rosie recalls. “[Fight Club] just annoyed me.”

Rosie O’Donnell explains that the paranormal thriller The Sixth Sense was in theaters at the same time as Fight Club. She was comparing the two movies when the spoiler just came out. “So I was saying The Sixth Sense makes sense, but [Fight Club] doesn’t make sense because of the thing at the end.”

O’Donnell then explains she didn’t hear from anyone about the situation until about three or four years later. “Courtney Love [was] on my show [and] says, ‘Oh, my God, Ed Norton, and Brad Pitt are so mad at you for what you did.’ I was like, ‘What did I do?’ It was three years later!”

Rosie O’Donnell then adds that she guesses the reason why the men were (or still) made at her is because she ruined the film for the people who worked hard on it “I should be more careful with what I say in a negative way about the movie. If you don’t like it, just don’t mention it.”

‘Fight Club’ Star Holt McCallany Speaks Out About Rosie O’Donnell Spoiling the Movie on National TV

During a 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Holt McCallany, who co-starred alongside Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the movie, spoke about Rosie O’Donnell dropping a spoiler on live TV.

“I just remember being absolutely flabbergasted,” McCallany says. “I remember being infuriated by [Rosie O’Donnell’s] remarks and wondering why she felt the need to do that.”

Holt also states it was ok for Rosie O’Donnell to hate the film and that it hit a nerve for her. “But the deal was, she gave away the ending on national television. That’s just unforgivable.”

In regards to his feelings towards Rosie, McCallany adds that he has met her a couple of times in New York City, but didn’t have a reason to dislike her before the incident. “But when you start to willfully damage the commercial prospects of the world of other artists, you have to expect that is going to inspire a very dim view.”

Despite Rosie O’Donnell’s detest and spoiler, Fight Club won various awards, including Award Circuit Community Awards for Best Adapt Screenplay; 2000 Empire Awards, UK for Best British Actress (Helena Bonham Carter); 1999 Jupiter Awards for Best International Actor (Edward Norton); and 2000 Online Film & Television for Best Film Editing.