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Sparks fly when Rosie joins TODAY's Professionals

Rosie O’Donnell joined TODAY’s Professionals on Tuesday, and the sparks flew.

The combo — regular panelists Star Jones, Donny Deutsch, plus O'Donnell — proved feisty, as the three debated the day's hot topics.

Things kicked off when Deutsch, during a discussion of the Secret Service scandal, commented that men are better suited to serve than women.

“I’m sorry, I almost threw up on live TV,’’ she cracked. “All you have to do is be able to take a bullet. A woman can take a bullet!’’

The “boys' club’’ mentality of the Secret Service has been cited as a factor in the recent sex scandal, which involved members of the service allegedly paying prostitutes in Colombia. When O’Donnell was an 18-year-old on the road with married male comics in their 30s, she experienced a boys' club firsthand.

“They hooked up on every single trip,’’ she said. “Once there started to be more women comics on the bill, it wasn’t as easy.’’

Rosie went on to give a thumbs-down to Lindsay Lohan, who has reportedly been contracted to portray Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie as she tries to resuscitate her acting career.

“I feel very sorry for her,’’ she said. “I think she needs a lot of help. She needs a lot of time away."

Lohan's appearance on "Saturday Night Live" last month received mixed reviews.

"On 'SNL' it wasn’t as though she delivered," said O'Donnell. "People watched expecting, hoping, wishing, but she needs a lot of help.’’

While Star thought that people will still watch Lohan for the potential "train wreck," Rosie wasn’t buying it.

“I don’t think she’s right for the role, and I don’t think she’s capable at this point of doing what’s needed to portray that character,’’ she said. “I think the interest level in her has waned significantly.’’

Deutsch then declared that Lohan has the potential to be the Elizabeth Taylor of this generation, on and off-screen.

“You’re out of your mind,’’ Rosie replied.

O'Donnell opined on genetic testing for potentially fatal diseases, which she underwent because her mother died of breast cancer at 39 years old, to college graduates struggling to get jobs because of "useless" degrees. She also talked about the benefits of having been in therapy since she was 16 in reaction to a recent New York Times article saying that therapy decreases in effectiveness over time.

“You have to really find somebody who is able to match what your needs are,’’ she said.

Rosie wrapped up her appearance by wishing a happy 70th birthday to Barbra Streisand.

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