Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly leaving The View for the second time, following the announcement of her divorce from her second wife, Michelle Rounds.
According to the latest reports, O’Donnell will leave the show next week in order to concentrate on her personal family matters, with Page Six reporting that she has been living apart from her wife of three years for a few months now.
Due to the divorce, Rosie O’Donnell reportedly announced she is leaving the ABC daytime show to concentrate on her five kids, who, of course, need a lot of love and attention.
A rep for O’Donnell told reporters on Friday, as reported by Radar Online, among other news outlets, “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.”
Having married back in 2012, Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds adopted a baby girl in 2013, who was an addition to the four kids she had already from her previous marriage to Kelli Carpenter.
Following the official announcement from O’Donnell’s rep, a spokesperson from ABC released the following statement.
“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.”
According to reports, the departure from The View for O’Donnell is well-timed, as she was allowing the issues she was having with the show to spill over into her home life, and that had to stop.
As a source told Radar, “Rosie gets so worked up with the show that she doesn’t have the time or the patience for her family.”