Rosie O’Donnell Explains Exit From The View: I Did It For My Health

Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell talked about her decision to leave The View.  Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

Rosie O'Donnell dropped two bombshells this week, announcing she was leaving The View and confirming her split from her wife of two years Michelle Rounds. The actress and TV personality, 52, opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the decision at the Athena Film Festival in New York on Saturday, Feb. 7. 

"[My health] got a little bit worse right before the holidays — [my doctor] was kind of concerned," she told THR. "I can't really fix [my personal life] right away, but I can fix [my job]. So I spoke to them at ABC, and I told them, and they understood. They've been unbelievably supportive and loving."

O'Donnell revealed that she has spoken with her fellow co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, and Nicole Wallace since the news of her departure broke. 

"Everyone cares about each other — nobody wants to do anything that's going to affect someone's health, so they get it. It's okay," she continued. "Not everything works out as you planned, but you never know what's going to happen tomorrow."

As for her marriage to Rounds, O'Donnell is still working on it, but said that the signs have been there for months. 

"All you have to do is go on Instagram," the comedienne said. "You can see she's not in the house with me. It's been since Thanksgiving. People are not idiots. I don't want to lie in front of people. And I also needed some time, both of us, to figure it out. We're separated; we're not living together, and, like most married couples I know, we're trying to figure it out. And I love her very much and she loves me."

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