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Rosie O'Donnell Throws Shots At Multi-Millionaire David Foster For Only Donating $1,000 to Actors Fund

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By Chris Barilla

Actress Rosie O'Donnell has spoken out recently against multi-millionaire David Foster, who reportedly only donated $1,000 to her fundraising effort to aid millions of struggling artists displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 22, O'Donnell treated fans to a special livestreamed episode of 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' with a star-studded lineup, encouraging people to donate to the Actors Fund, a fundraising group she supports. However, the famed television host was less than thrilled by one famous contributor's small donation amount.

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Following the fundraising effort, O'Donnell appeared on the podcast Dumb Gay Politics With Julie & Brandy, where she discussed her feelings in the wake of the money-raising event.

"Can you imagine these multi-billionaires who are not stepping up with, 'Here’s $100 million to get the masks.' I don’t understand," she said, appearing confused to the show's hosts.

"It seems to be all you’d want to do. It’s all that I want to do. Like during 9/11 I kept giving millions of dollars because I was like, 'We have to throw light on the darkness.' And I was shocked that people didn’t just join in and do it," O'Donnell continued.

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"I thought every rich person in the world would do it after 9/11, and it hasn’t happened. And it’s not really happening now," she said candidly about her fellow stars.

O'Donnell then went on to address Foster directly, saying "This is horrible to say, and I probably shouldn’t say it, but I’m gonna say it. So when we did that thing the other night, for The Actors Fund, Katharine McPhee and David Foster, who’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars, they each gave $1,000."

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"And everyone piped in and said, 'You should have seen the look on your face.' Because I’m sure I was shocked. I’m sure at first I thought I heard $100,000. And then I listened again. No, $1,000," O'Donnell continued, explaining how shocked she was at the lackluster donation amount.

The television host then went on to say that people began sending her information regarding Foster's net worth. "People Googled it, and then they sent me that he’s worth, in the internet worth of $100 million."

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"He’s produced so many songs. He has royalties on so many songs. It’s probably more than that. But a minimum of $100 million. You know, you always do what you can."

"And I always say people like me who are wealthy, give a lot of money. It doesn’t lessen the value of the $10 that you can give if that’s all that you have. But when you’re a multi, multi-millionaire, to think that you only have $1,000 in a time of a plague. Where people are dying, you know, and the world is shut down. If not now, when?" She concluded her statement about Foster and others who wouldn't contribute more to the fundrasing effort.

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