Over the weekend, we learned that Rosie O’Donnell was leaving The View, and today she has posted a video to explain her reasons for leaving, and her reasons for not discuss her departure on The View this Monday.
The talk show host previously confirmed via her publicist that she had split from her wife of nearly three years, Michelle Rounds.
“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.”
Via the recent video, Rosie confirmed that the decision for her leaving has everything to do with her health and lowering her stress level.
“The truth is I had a heart attack two years ago and stress is very bad for heart attack survivors. You should minimize your stress, maximize your exercise and control your diet. That’s what you need to do for a healthy heart. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m minimizing my stress by leaving The View.
There’s lots of stuff going on at home and there’s lots of stuff going on at work. And the only thing I can really control is the work, by leaving. I can turn that volume all the way down to zero and just focus on what I need to focus on, which is my health and my family.”
Her final day as full-time co-host will be on Thursday.