06/10/2010 10:38 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rosie O'Donnell Defends Helen Thomas (AUDIO)

Rosie O'Donnell defended Helen Thomas Wednesday on her radio show, arguing that Thomas's comments about Israel were not as offensive as the reaction to them suggested (h/t Radio Equalizer via Mediaite).

Thomas retired after her legendary career as a White House correspondent after a firestorm over her comments that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and that Jews in Israel should return to Germany, Poland, or the US.

"Now, I think, in the year 2010, what she was saying was not, 'Go back to the ovens,'" O'Donnell said of Thomas's comments. "What she was saying was, the homeland was originally Palestinians' and it's now occupied by Israel and Palestinians should be afforded human and civil rights. That's what I think she was saying, but I don't know."