Rosie O’Donnell came back to The View with a sparkle in her eyes, lilt in her voice, and determination to succeed the second time around. But now her life has fallen apart, with Rosie confessing that she’s lost her job, her wife Michelle Rounds, and her health to People.
What really happened behind the scenes at The View? Rosie claims that the stress caused by the sometimes-volatile exchanges among the co-hosts had escalated to the point of threatening her health. And that’s a serious concern for a 52-year-old woman who suffered an almost fatal heart attack in 2012.
“My doctors were noticing that there was an uptick in my numbers since I started on the show,” explained Rosie.
“It got a little bit worse right before the holidays, and my doctor was kind of concerned, so when I went back after the holiday break, she said to me, ‘You know, the stress level is too much,'” revealed O’Donnell.
Adding to her tension is her split with her wife, said Rosie. Rounds initially did not want to reveal their separation, but Rosie wanted to go public about the situation.
“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. I don’t want to lie and fabricate but we also needed some time for both of us to figure it out.”
How did her co-stars such as Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez react? O’Donnell said that they all shared their concern.
“I’ve heard from everybody since then over the weekend. Everyone cares about each other, and nobody wants anyone to do anything that’s going to affect their health,” she said.
As the Inquisitr reported, rumors about a change in The View co-hosts have escalated since Barbara Walters’ departure. But it was Rosie Perez, not O’Donnell, who reportedly was preparing to exit.
The View has been experimenting with different co-hosts, including Glee star Naya Rivera, who initially was rumored to replace Perez. However, she created a bathtub brouhaha when she announced some controversial views on showering, below.
But at this point, Rosie isn’t worrying about who might replace her. Instead, she’s focused on her health, emphasizing that she recognizes the potential for a second heart attack, reported Fox News.
“Stress is a major contributing factor to heart disease and heart attacks. You can’t really minimize it. I’m having a lot of stressful situations in my family life at the moment and having stressful situations in my work environment, so something had to give. The most easy way to accomplish the lessening of the stress is to not go to work for right now.”
How life-threatening is heart disease to women? As the Inquisitr reported, Barbra Streisand launched a campaign called Ladykiller because she feels that many people think of heart attacks as primarily impacting men. But the statistics show that it is a myth.
Heart disease kills one woman every moment in the United States, according to Streisand’s researchers.
“More women than men have died of heart disease each year since 1984. … Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined,” she warned.
As for Rosie, although her weight loss surgery proved successful, she emphasizes it was only a tool, reported ABC News.
“It’s not like all of a sudden you change and, boom, you lose the weight, everything’s fine, you got on a size 10, life is great. You’re having amazing sex. Nothing is wrong. It doesn’t work that way,” she admitted. “So all of the stuff that you carry with you as a heavy person in the world will still be there when you’re a thin person in the world.”
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