O’Donnell’s talk show returned for one night only on Sunday to serve as a fundraiser for The Actors Fund, an organization that provides numerous services for people in need in the performing arts and entertainment business.
The evening raised more than $500,000, which included $100,000 from O’Donnell.
The 3 1/2 hour show, produced by O’Donnell and “Madame Secretary” star Erich Bergen, was broadcast live on Broadway.com and the website’s YouTube channel.
She opened the show by explaining she was hosting from her garage/art studio in New Jersey and then introduced her former musical director John McDaniel.
She also insisted she didn’t want to talk about President Donald Trump because she wanted to focus on people getting through the pandemic. “We’re going to come through it,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell’s first guest was Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who recalled