But the outspoken actress, who is known for her comedic dialogue and rocky run on "The View," says it's really not a temper that drives her, it's her passion.
In an interview on CBS News Sunday Morning, anchored by Anthony Mason, on June 7 (9-10:30 a.m., ET), O'Donnell discusses her clashes with "The View" co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck about the war in Iraq, and her much-publicized feud with Donald Trump about the Miss USA Pageant.
O'Donnell delves further into her personality traits, which she says are often misinterpreted as being hot-tempered.
"I don't have a temper. I've never broken everything. I've never thrown a thing," she says. "But I have passion. If I feel passionate, you're going to know."
"I was very lucky to make a lot of money. More money than any human should make," she admits. "I have tremendous guilt issues about the money I have. And when I started making the money, I said to the money person, 'If I'm ever on the Forbes list of richest people, you're fired. I never want to be on that list'."
"I realized all of my dreams," she says. "I love seeing those kids. It's back to my real life. It's back to the origins, back to where I started."