American comedian, actress, author, and television personality, Rosie O’Donnell is saying goodbye to The View for the second time in her stint as co-host of the show.
O’Donnell returned to the ABC’s day time show last fall after her first exit in 2007. However, this time around she is leaving on a more amicable note as her first departure from the show was described in the media as tumultuous.
ABC said in a statement confirming O’Donnell departure: “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.”
The 52-year-old O’Donnell has had her ups and downs ever since she came to media prominence.
She suffered a staph infection in 2000 after she accidentally cut the middle finger of her left hand with a knife while cutting a price tag off a fishing pole, as well as a heart attack in August 2012.
Recently, O’Donnell split with her wife of three years, Michelle Rounds. According to Press reports, the couple has been living apart for months, and O’Donnell feels she must leave the ABC daytime show to focus on her five kids.
O’Donnell married her second wife Rounds in private in June 2012. In 2013, they adopted a baby girl, Dakota. She has four other older kids.
O’Donnell’s will debut an HBO special about her 2012 near-fatal heart attack, “A Heartfelt Stand Up,” on Valentine’s Day.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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