"And when my mother died, it somehow ended in a weird way, because then he was with those five kids he had to look after," she said. "Overall, I do not like talking about it."
O & # 39; Donnell was ten years old when her mother Roseann died of breast cancer.
Her father, Edward, died of cancer in 2015.
O & # 39; Donnell shares the revelation in her forthcoming book, "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of & # 39; The View & # 39; s", to be published in April 2.
"Of course changed it's everyone, "she told Variety about the abuse. "Every child in this position, especially someone in the family, feels completely powerless and stuck because the person you would say is the person who does it." for other alleged victims of sexual abuse, including Dylan Farrow.
She said that she had forgiven her father, even though she felt that something he had done to her and her siblings was "unpardonable."
"You're 50 years old, you can not get upset about what your dad did in 1970," On Donnell said. "You have to find out for yourself and find a place for it in your life and not rewash it forever."