Lesbian comedian Rosie O’Donnell has apologised for mocking Chinese people on her talk show The View.

O’Donnell was criticised by Asian Americans across the country after imitating Chinese broadcasters in a discussion about actor Danny DeVito being drunk.

She said: “You know, you can imagine in China it’s like, ‘ching chong, ching chong chong, Danny DeVito, ching chong chong chong, drunk, “The View,” ching chong.’ “

The entertainer has now issued an apology, insisting she did not mean any offence.

She said: “You know it was never (my) intent to mock and I’m sorry for those people who felt hurt or were teased on the playground.

“But I’m also going give you a fair warning that there’s a good chance I’ll do something like that again, probably in the next week — not on purpose. Only ’cause it’s how my brain works.”

Rene Astudillo, executive director of the Asian American Journalists Association, told the San Francisco Chronicle: “At long last she acknowledged that it hurt a lot of people.

“And she did it on her programme.”