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Rosie O'Donnell Splits With 'The View' and Wife Michelle Rounds

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By    |   Monday, 09 Feb 2015 08:10 AM

Rosie O'Donnell says she is leaving ABC's talk show "The View" to focus on her family, and now comes news that she has also split with her wife Michelle Rounds, according to the New York Post's Page Six.

ABC News confirmed last week that O'Donnell, 52, was departing from "The View" to "focus on her family."

"Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show," a network spokesman said in a statement. "When she told us that 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," said the statement continued.

O'Donnell's representative Cindi Berger confirmed to the New York Post in a statement Friday that her client had split with Rounds.

"I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November," Berger said in the Post's Page Six statement. "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."

The Post reported that O'Donnell married Rounds in June 2012 and the couple adopted a baby girl in 2013. ABC reported that O'Donnell had four other children.

"The View" was already having to beat back rumors that Rosie Perez was leaving the talk show, but she returned on Tuesday after a stint on Broadway. Variety posted a story on Jan. 14 that Perez would not be returning after appearing in "Fish in the Dark" and that  "The View" producers were trying out "other younger co-hosts" to fill her seat on the show.

"The choice of Perez was a surprise given the other contenders that were in the mix last year," wrote Variety's Ramin Setoodeh. "But Perez never got a hang of the show's mixture of hard and soft news, and she had trouble reading from a TelePrompTer, insiders say."

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