In a recent interview, comedian Rosie O’Donnell has explained why she leaves The View.
According to her rep, Rosie O’Donnell leaves the show to concentrate on her family after splitting with her second wife, Michelle Rounds.
Rosie O’Donnell, 52, told Entertainment Tonight on February 7: “Stress is a major contributing factor to heart disease and heart attacks. You can’t really minimize it. I’m having a lot of stressful situations in my family life at the moment and having stressful situations in my work environment, so something had to give. The most easy way to accomplish the lessening of the stress is to not go to work for right now.”
The comedian also said that her decision was not driven by any on-set conflict.
On February 6, her rep confirmed the news that Rosie O’Donnell and her wife of three years, Michelle Rounds, had split in November 2014.
In 2012, Rosie O’Donnell had a near-fatal heart attack. At the time, she described it as a wake-up call and said she had missed the warning signs.
ABC has yet to announce who will fill Rosie O’Donnell’s seat on The View.
Rosie O’Donnell will still appear on a five-episode arc of ABC Family’s drama The Fosters.
Rosie O’Donnell and her wife Michelle Rounds have announced their separation after less than three years of marriage.
The couple exchanged vows on June 9, 2012, in a private ceremony in New York.
Rosie O’Donnell, now 52, announced her engagement to Michelle Rounds on her OWN show in December 2011. Her publicist later confirmed the news, saying that the two got engaged weeks ago and intend to split their time between homes in New York City and Chicago.
Michelle Rounds, now 43, is a headhunter at a New York IT company who Rosie O’Donnell met in a Starbucks in 2011. They first went public with their relationship in September 2011, walking the red carpet at the Building Dreams for Kids Gala in New York City.
Rosie O’Donnell jokes that when she met Michelle Rounds, she thought that the 40-year-old was actually 28.
Michelle Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare disease that only affects three out of every million people.
In 2012, O’Donnell’s rep Cindi Berger revealed: “It is such a rare tumor. It took them quite a while to get an accurate diagnosis. She had several gastrointestinal surgeries to remove the desmoid turmors. She is now on the road to recovery.”
The comedian has four children from her marriage to ex wife, Nickelodeon marketing executive Kelli Carpenter. They divorced in 2007.
Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds have adopted a baby girl named Dakota.
Rosie O’Donnell and her wife of less than three years, Michelle Rounds, have split, O’Donnell’s rep has confirmed.
She is also leaving The View daytime show after just six months. In July 2014, Rosie O’Donnell was rehired to join the ABC’s show as a co-host.
New reports claim that Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds have been living apart for months, and that O’Donnell feels she must leave The View to focus on her five kids.
Rosie O’Donnell’s publicists, Cindi Berger, confirmed the marital split, as well O’Donnell’s departure from The View, in a statement on February 6: “I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November. Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention. This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first. ABC has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her personal decision to leave <<The View>>. Next week will be her last.”
The 52-year-old comedian married her second wife Michelle Rounds in private ceremony in June 2012.
In 2013, Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds adopted a baby girl, Dakota.
The comedian has three other older kids adopted before and during her marriage to Nickelodeon executive Kelli Carpenter. Another child was born to Kelli Carpenter through artificial insemination.
Rosie O’Donnell was married to Kelli Carpenter from 2004 to 2007.
Rosie O’Donnell is exiting ABC’s The View for a second time, her representative has confirmed.
Rosie O’Donnell will exit the talkshow next week to concentrate on her family, following a split from wife Michelle Rounds, according to her publicist.
“I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November. Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention,” Rosie O’Donnell’s representative Cindi Berger said in a statement.
“This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first. ABC has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her personal decision to leave <<The View>>. Next week will be her last.”
The View has been in a state of turmoil since last May when founding anchor Barbara Walters signed off of the roundtable 11 a.m. talker and Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd also left the panel. Rosie O’Donnell was recruited back to the show, which she co-hosted between 2006 and 2007 with much turmoil behind the scenes, along with newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace. Whoopi Goldberg, the show’s moderator and only returning member of the panel this season, is said to have butted heads with Rosie O’Donnell behind the scenes, as well as on-air.
Rosie O’Donnell had been struggling with the stress related to her divorce as well as the pressure on The View set, sources close to the situation said. The show’s lineup opened strongly in the ratings in September but viewership quickly tailed off.