Rosie is leaving ‘The View’ after all
Just a few weeks after ABC denied rumors that Rosie Perez was exiting the daytime talk show, TVGuide.com confirmed that Rosie O’Donnell will be leaving the show as co-host. O’Donnell is leaving The View to focus on her health and family following her break up from her wife Michelle Rounds. Instead of discussing her leave on the show Rosie O’Donnell opted to send a direct video message to her fans through YouTube.
In the video, O’Donnell explains that she is choosing to leave the show to focus more on her health after having a heart attack two years ago. “Stress is very bad for heart attack survivors,” O’Donnell says. “You should minimize your stress, maximize your exercise and control your diet. That’s what you need to do for a healthy heart. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m minimizing my stress by leaving “The View.”
NBC News made this statement: “Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show,” ABC News said in a statement. “When she told us that she wanted to exit The View, we respected and understood her to put her well-being and her family first. We’re delighted she’s still part of the ABC family with upcoming guest appearances on The Fosters. And we know she’ll return to “The View “often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and her family.”
She also elaborated on her troubles at home with her estranged wife, Michelle Rounds, O’ Donnell and her wife split up back in November. “It’s hard. Marriage is complicated. I’ve got five kids; four of them are teenagers,” she says. “There are lots of stuff going on at home and lots of stuff going on at work. The only thing I can really control is the work, by leaving. I can turn that volume down to zero.”