January 26th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
Though Kim Kardashian recently blasted MTV's "Teen Mom" for glamorizing teenage pregnancies, Rosie O'Donnell is defending the series, saying it sends a positive message to young girls.
"My daughter is 13. I watch it with her," O'Donnell, a mom of three, tells Us Weekly. "The rate of teenage pregnancy is up, so when my daughter saw that ['Teen Mom 2'] was on the air, I said 'Let's watch it.'"
O'Donnell, 48, believes the show doesn't sugarcoat young motherhood but instead reveals the harsh realities.
"At the end of almost every episode the mothers say they wish they used protection or waited: 'My whole life is over' or 'I can't live the life of a teenager,'" she explains. "I think it sends out a positive message."
Still, she does agree with Kardashian that young women shouldn't expect a baby to bring them fame and fortune.
"I do feel sad that all these girls are getting pregnant in an effort to get on a TV show," says O'Donnell. "That's a little tragic."
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