As TheWrap previously reported, a tape was released on Tuesday from a therapy session Collins had with his estranged wife, Faye Grant. Both O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg said on Wednesday morning’s “The View” that they have known Collins for years, admitting they were surprised to hear these reports.
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“It devastates everyone in the radius of that person because it’s a shocking allegation,” O’Donnell said of Collins. “For me, I always have my antennae up, having had a childhood with that.”
O’Donnell has shared in the past that she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.
“I can say as someone who knows him, it sounds an awful lot like him, or it’s a very good impersonator,” O’Donnell said of the audiotape that supposedly includes Collins confessing.
“In my opinion, he’s the Michael Landon of this generation,” O’Donnell continued. “He always plays the wholesome, loving, caring guy and in real life is that.”
“You never know who you are walking down the street with, you never know, sometimes, who you are sleeping with,” Goldberg said.
Sources have reported that the audio footage of Collins was recorded without his knowledge. New York Police are currently investigating the claims on the tape while working with Grant in Los Angeles and the LAPD.
Watch the video from Wednesday morning’s “The View” above.