Rosie O’Donnell is severing two relationships in her life. She is ending her second marriage to Michelle Rounds and she is leaving the ABC show “The View.” According to Us Weekly, Feb. 8, 2015, Rosie decided to leave the show because of health reasons. “[My health] got a little bit worse right before the holidays — [my doctor] was kind of concerned. I can’t really fix [my personal life] right away, but I can fix [my job]. So I spoke to them at ABC, and I told them, and they understood. They’ve been unbelievably supportive and loving.”
A representative for Rosie told Radar Online, “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.”
Rosie and Michelle were married June 2012 and separated in November 2014. In 2013, she and Michelle adopted a baby girl. This is her second marriage. Previously, she was married to Kelli Carpenter. She has four other children at home. Before Rosie married Kelli, she adopted Parker Jaren in 1995. During her marriage to Kelli, they adopted Chelsea Belle and Blake Christopher. Kelli was artificially inseminated and she gave birth to Vivienne Rose O’Donnell.
Rosie started on “The View” in 2006 when she replaced Meredith Vieria. In 2007, she walked off because they couldn’t reach an agreement on her new contract. She returned to the show in September 2014.
A statement from ABC said, “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.”
Rosie’s decision to leave “The View” came from her inability to leave the emotions raised on the show, at the studio. Instead, she would bring those feelings home. A source said, “Rosie gets so worked up with the show that she doesn’t have the time or the patience for her family.”
Do you think that Rosie made the right decision in leaving “The View?” Do you believe that she will return at a later date when her life settles down?