Rosie O’Donnell and “The View” have an on-again, off-again relationship. Right now their relationship is on the fritz. Her final appearance will be Thursday, but O’Donnell doesn’t want to make an announcement about her departure on the show. Instead, the comedian confirmed she will no longer continue on the Barbara Walters-created talk show in a video blog Monday.
“I don’t want to talk about it on 'The View,' ” she insisted again. “So it was no one's fault but mine that I didn’t discuss it today. Probably won’t discuss it tomorrow either!”
As for the “why,” O’Donnell shared she had a heart attack two years ago and stress isn’t healthy for heart attack survivors. “I’m minimizing my stress by leaving 'The View,' ” she said.
Though she didn’t mention her split from wife Michelle Rounds specifically, she said she decided to control her professional life since she can’t control what happens at home. “There’s lots of stuff going on at home and there’s lots of stuff going on at work,” she said. “And the only thing I can control is the work. By leaving. I can turn that volume down all the way to zero and just focus on what I need to focus on, [which] is my health and my family.” She added: “Marriage is complicated.”
O’Donnell has five children: an infant whom she adopted with Rounds and four teenagers she raised with ex Kelli Carpenter.
The funny lady’s rep, Cindi Berger, confirmed her departure a few days prior to the comedian’s video. “I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November. Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention,” she said in a statement, cited by Variety. “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.”
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