Rosie O’Donnell is officially leaving The View for a second time. O’Donnell had co-hosted the popular ABC daytime talk show from 2006 to 2007 (and was one of its more controversial personalities) before leaving, only to come back just last year after a serious retooling of the show.
O’Donnell’s rep said in a statement:
“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.”
ABC also confirmed the news, saying she approached them to leave and leaving the door open for O’Donnell to make guest appearances in the future:
“Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show. When she told us she wanted to exit The View, we respected and understood her desire 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.”
There were reports the show’s other Rosie, Rosie Perez, was leaving the daytime show, but that was only a temporary hiatus while she was rehearsing for Broadway.
Next week will be O’Donnell’s last on The View.
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