Rosie O’Donnell will have a new “View” on Friday – from her living room couch. In a video posted to her YouTube page on Feb. 9, “The View” co-host confirmed that her last day on the ABC daytime chat fest will be on Friday, and she also explained why her early exit wasn’t addressed during Monday’s live episode.
“Here it is in a nutshell,” the 52-year-old comedian said in the two-minute long clip. “I want to let you know that everybody wanted me to talk about it. I didn’t want to talk about it.” The mom of five explained that she already detailed the reasons behind her split from the show “over the weekend, while promoting her upcoming HBO documentary. “The truth is I had a heart attack two years ago,” she said. “And stress is very bad for a heart attack survivors… So that’s what I’m doing. I’m minimizing my stress by leaving ‘The View.’”
O’Donnell also acknowledged that the stress she is having at home is not as easy to remedy, and that the only stress she can control is her workload, so she plans to take some time off to focus on her health and her family. “So there it is. I don’t want to talk about it on ‘The View,’” she said. “It was no one’s fault but mine that I didn’t discuss it today. Probably not going to discuss it tomorrow.”
On Saturday, the comedian told People that her doctors noted her stress levels have been too high ever since she returned to the ABC talk show last September. “I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life that’s been very stressful,” she said. “I have five kids, four of them teenagers, that’s a lot of my attention,” she said. O’Donnell also confirmed that she and her wife Michelle Rounds are currently living separately, adding to the stress. “You know, Michelle and I are going through some hard stuff, and I can’t really fix those things right away, but I can fix this,” she said.
O’Donnell made it clear that she didn’t want to pretend that things were fine on the home front between herself and her wife of two years. “Anyone can go on Instagram and see that Michelle’s not in the house with me, it’s been since Thanksgiving, people are not idiots,” she explained. “I don’t want to lie and fabricate but we also needed some time for both of us to figure it out.”
In a statement to ABC News, the network supported O’Donnell’s early departure from her one-year talk show contract with “The View.” ABC also added that that the comedian is still a part of the ABC family and will continue to make guest appearances on both “The View” and the ABC Family drama, “The Fosters.”