UPDATE: I watched today to see what Rosie would say and she said NOTHING. Things seemed tense with Whoopi. I’m starting to think that Rosie O got axed which is so wrong as she was there EVERY DAMN DAY unlike the other three and graciously took over moderating and picked up the slack when the others were out. I’ll keep you all updated.
File this under “Well, I didn’t see that coming!” I have been intrigued by all the weirdness at The View to the point where I actually posted about it recently despite it not normally being in my wheelhouse of entertainment news coverage. It that post I pointed out that Rosie O’Donnell was the only member of the four co-hosts who was consistently showing up to work.
Rumors abounded about friction between Whoopi and Rosie which I debunked. I am shocked to hear that Rosie has been estranged from her wife since November and has now file for divorce and is leaving The View. While Rosie’s view is rarely in line with my view, that was the initial concept of the show and her view was certainly a unique one that will be missed. Rosie is extremely talented in the talk show realm and we all noted that when she filled in as moderator the show ran much more efficiently. Personally, I think this could be the death knell for an already struggling show. It’s a good thing Mario Catone is always waiting in the wings to step in for whoever doesn’t show up each day. Rosie was on today with Martha Stewart and I really didn’t pick up on any problem. She’s supposed to appear all next week. She was already talking about wearing a dress on the Valentine’s Day show next Friday.
I’m not sure how quitting a lucrative job can be the best way to support five kids. It’s also interesting that Rosie always seems to have primary custody after her divorces. Her next future ex-wife has had a series of health problem related to some rare tumors that were removed just before they married.
Click through for Page Six’s exclusive information on the said departure.
Rosie O’Donnell and her wife, Michelle Rounds, have split, and O’Donnell will leave “The View” next week to concentrate on her family’s well-being.
Sources close to O’Donnell told us that she and Rounds, her wife of three years, have been living apart for months, and that O’Donnell feels she must leave the ABC daytime show to focus on her five kids.
Rosie’s rep, Cindi Berger, confirmed the marital split, as well O’Donnell’s departure from “The View,” in a statement Friday night: “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.”
O’Donnell, 52, married her second wife Rounds in private in June 2012. In 2013, they adopted a baby girl, Dakota. She has four other older kids..
ABC said in a statement confirming her 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.”
O’Donnell’s debuting an HBO special about her 2012 near-fatal heart attack, “A Heartfelt Stand Up,” on Valentine’s Day.