By Louise A. Barile
Updated March 26, 2002 01:00 AM
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Rosie O’Donnell, 40, revealed during her appearance last night on the Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” that she turned down an offer to participate in the 9/11 “Tribute To Heroes” televised fundraiser because she felt the telethon organizers didn’t push wealthy stars to donate more money, reports the New York Post. “The fact that every single person who appeared on it, who had the ability to give that kind of money, yet did not, and was not expected to by America, stunned me,” she said on the show. O’Donnell said that she was disappointed that six celebrities she contacted the morning after September 11 refused to donate $1 million each to a relief fund. She would not reveal their names. O’Donnell, who gave $1 million to the Red Cross, opined that it was unfair to ask average Americans to donate funds yet not expect wealthy celebrities to contribute their share. “I’m saying, you in America, you should expect your millionaires to give millions,” said O’Donnell on the program. “Especially if they’re going to stand on TV and ask the peasants for pennies.”