"This is really revolutionary TV," says O'Donnell of the hit TLC show

By Sara Hammel
October 18, 2012 12:00 PM
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Since Rosie O’Donnell told PEOPLE she wants to buy a new house for the stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, matriarch Mama June has said her family doesn’t need a new house but sure could use some renovations on their McIntyre, Ga., abode.

“We’re in! Are you kidding me? Of course,” O’Donnell – who compared the show’s 7-year-old star, Alana Thompson, to Shirley Temple – told PEOPLE Monday at her Annual Building Dreams for Kids Gala to benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids.

And she insisted she’d head to Georgia herself to help do the work.

“They do that Extreme Makeover show – hello! I will call David Zaslav [President and CEO of Discovery Communications] when I get home. I will say [the family is] very into an addition, maybe we get Home Depot to chip in, and we make it the Christmas special: Rosie O’Donnell and Honey Boo Boo’s Renovation.”

Although there’s already a Honey Boo Boo Christmas special in the works, O’Donnell hopes one day to meet Alana and her loved ones.

“They’re taking a family that is supposed to be perceived as ‘less than’ and showing them [to have] humanity and value,” she said. “I don’t watch that much TV anymore – some of the shows like the Real Housewives, I never got into that. People are mean to each other. It’s not my thing.”

But with all the buzz around Honey Boo Boo, O’Donnell says she decided to give TLC’s hit show a try.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” O’Donnell recalls. “For the first 10 minutes, I was kinda stunned. For the second 10 minutes, I was touched. And for the last 10 minutes I thought, this is really revolutionary TV in a way most people won’t understand.”