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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.
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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.
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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.
In an interview with Good Day NY, Jenny McCarthy explained why she really left ABC’s The View.
Jenny McCarthy, 41, said she is no longer on it: “Because they wanted to make sure the table was diverse. So they consider when Rosie was coming back it was too liberal and they wanted a conservative and they wanted a Latina, so they got Rosie Perez and their Elisabeth if you will, so that way it was a balanced table with more diversity.”
In an interview with Good Day NY, Jenny McCarthy explained why she really left ABC’s The View
She said that she has no hard feelings though and has a new gig lined up as she will be hosting her own radio show for SiriusXM Radio starting in October.
Jenny McCarthy teased that the show will have no limits by saying: “The freedom to say what you want is wonderful.”
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Whoopi Goldberg lashed out at Donald Trump on Monday’s The View when discussing his tweets about two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus while treating an outbreak in West Africa.
“I don’t really know how to respond to it in a polite way,” the actress said.
“I like Donald, I try to be respectful, but this was an idiotic comment.”
Whoopi Goldberg lashed out at Donald Trump on Monday’s The View when discussing his tweets about two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus while treating an outbreak in West Africa
Donald Trump took to Twitter on August 1 to protest the return of Dr. Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol to the US, where they are receiving treatment for the deadly virus at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
“Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the US. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS,” Donald Trump tweeted.
“The US cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great-but must suffer the consequences!”
Whoopi Goldberg said she understands why Donald Trump would be fearful of the virus hitting American soil, but stressed it “doesn’t carry in the wind” and can only be spread through bodily fluids.
“I’m not defending him, but he is also a friend of mine, so I don’t want to be disrespectful to him, but that was a stupid comment,” Whoopi Goldberg said.
“Do your homework, Donald. Just do your homework.”
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Barbara Walters defended Woody Allen from allegations by his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow that he assaulted her when she was a child during Monday’s edition of The View.
Other panelists on the show tried to argue that Woody Allen’s previous attraction to younger women could give credibility to the claims, but Barbara Walters shut them down repeatedly.
“I know Mia [Farrow], I have a good relationship with her,” Barbara Walters explained.
Barbara Walters defended Woody Allen from allegations by his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow
“But I’ve been with Woody many times with his two daughters, he’s got almost a twenty-year-old marriage … I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, and as loving and as caring as Woody is to his daughters. … I don’t know about Dylan, I can only tell you about what I’ve seen now, that it’s a good marriage and that he’s a loving, caring father.”
“She has nothing to gain by coming out and saying this,” Jenny McCarthy said.
“Supposedly, she’s very angry,” Barbara Walters responded.
“But she’s doing it now because he’s up for an award, so the question is does your personal life interfere with the award?”
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Barbara Walters has announced she will retire in 2014.
The ABC network said Barbara Walters, 83, has confirmed the plans on Monday’s edition of The View, the all-female daytime talk show she created in 1997.
Since her career began in 1961, Barbara Walters has interviewed Michael Jackson, Cuba’s Fidel Castro and every US president and first lady since Richard Nixon.
Barbara Walters was the first woman to anchor a daily network television news show in 1976.
“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News,” Barbara Walters said in a statement.
“I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.
“I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women – and, OK, some men, too – who will be taking my place.”
Barbara Walters has announced she will retire in 2014
Barbara Walters’ career in TV journalism began at NBC’s morning news and entertainment programme, The Today Show, which she co-hosted for 15 years before moving to rival network ABC to co-host the Evening News, a first for a female journalist.
ABC said in March Barbara Walters planned to retire in May 2014 after more than five decades as a prominent figure on US television.
On Sunday, ABC News president Ben Sherwood said: “There is only one Barbara Walters.”
“We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself,” he added.
Barbara Walters suffered periods of ill health over the past three years, including open heart surgery in 2010.
In January 2013, Barbara Walters suffered concussion after a fall, and was then diagnosed with chicken pox, causing her to miss more than a month of work.