Actress and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View for the second time. She has explained her reasons, saying that her co-hosting duties were actually harmful to her health and she wanted to be able to spend more time with her family.
On Saturday, Rosie O’Donnell said at the Athena Film Festival awards ceremony held in New York City that her doctors were concerned that the show was causing too much strain and stress on her heart. The stress was compounded by the breakup of her marriage to Michelle Rounds, her wife, after three years in November 2014, and the day-to-day pressures associated with raising four teens and one infant.
The departing co-host of The View said that honesty was important to her, and she mentioned what she felt was the dishonesty of NBC News anchor, Brian Williams, in comparison. She said that the news of her split with Michelle Rounds was public knowledge. When the news came out that she and Rounds were living apart, she said that they both decided to be open about the fact that their marriage was experiencing some problems.
As Rosie O’Donnell mentioned, “All you have to do is go on Instagram,” to read that “she’s not in the house with me.” She added that “like most married couples I know, we’re trying to figure it out.”
Rosie O’Donnell began her second stint on The View this past fall, in September. She explained on Saturday that she could not fix her personal life right away, but she could fix the stress she was feeling related to her job, by quitting as one of the show’s co-hosts. The first time she co-hosted the show was for only for one season. She quit then, in 2007, reportedly because of failed contract negotiations and her frequent disagreements with another co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Rosie O’Donnell stated that her co-hosts and the execs at ABC have “been unbelievably supportive and loving.” She added that the three other panelists on The View, Rosie Perez, Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace supported her in her decision, saying that “nobody wants to do anything that’s going to affect someone’s health, so they get it.”
According to her publicist, Cindi Berger, this coming week will be her last one on The View. Berger mentioned that Rosie O’Donnell has been going through “a very stressful situation,” and said that O’Donnell “is putting her personal health and family first.”
Emmy Award-winner Rosie O’Donnell has had a history of heart disease, and she had a heart attack in August 2012. She has spoken in the past about women’s heart disease and she also will mention it in her HBO documentary Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up.
Ever since The View founder, Barbara Walters, retired in May 2014, the show has been experiencing problems and lower ratings. For a while, Whoopi Goldberg was the sole co-host of The View, after the exits of Jenna McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. There has so far not been anything mentioned about a potential replacement for Rosie O’Donnell.
Though Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View, according to ABC execs, she will still make guest appearances on The Fosters. The actress and comedienne has starred in movies like the 1993 romcom Sleepless in Seattle and the 1992 comedy about baseball, A League of Their Own. O’Donnell mentioned that the reasons why she is leaving The View include trying to lessen the stress in her life and to spend more time with her children.
Written By Douglas Cobb