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Rosie O'Donnell to Exit 'The View' After Split With Spouse

Friday, 06 Feb 2015 10:51 PM

Rosie O'Donnell is leaving ABC's "The View" for a second time, sources confirm.

She will exit the daytime talk show next week to concentrate on her family following a split from wife Michelle Rounds, according to her publicist.

"I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November. Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention," O'Donnell's rep, Cindi Berger, said in a statement.

"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."

O'Donnell was caught off-guard, sources say, when she heard last month that Rosie Perez was about to exit the show. The plan for Perez to leave "The View," instead of taking a leave of absence to appear in Larry David's play "Fish in the Dark," was put on hold in mid-January after Variety exclusively reported on her departure.

"No matter what you read anywhere, Rosie Perez is coming back," O'Donnell said on the program the following day.

But the tension quickly mounted backstage, according to insiders. Perez was a close friend of O'Donnell's, who said she "read about the [Variety] report last night and went [profanity]."

Senior ABC executives strongly denied the Perez exit strategy ever existed.

O'Donnell, who first left "The View" in 2007, returned for the show's 18th season in September along with Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace and returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

"Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement, and passion for the show," ABC said in a statement. "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 statement said.

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Rosie O'Donnell is leaving ABC's "The View" for a second time, sources confirm. She will exit the daytime talk show next week to concentrate on her family following a split from wife Michelle Rounds, according to her publicist.
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