Times are tough for Rosie O’Donnell as reports are surfacing that she and wife of three years, Michelle Rounds, have split, and the comedian is also leaving The View!
Rosie and Michelle have reportedly been living apart for months now. And the co-host is leaving the daytime talk show to concentrate on her family’s well being.
Rosie’s rep, Cindi Berger, confirmed the 52-year-old’s sad news in a statement.
“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.”
Rosie married her second wife in a private ceremony in 2012. A year later, Rosie and Michelle adopted a baby girl, Dakota. The co-host adopted son Parker before welcoming son Blake and daughters Chelsea and Vivienne with ex-wife Kelli Carpenter. Rosie and Kelli split in 2007.
Rosie and Michelle looking happy on the red carpet in 2013.
After a turbulent exit from ‘The View’ back in 2007, Rosie returned in 2014. Many rumors have been circulating that Rosie was leaving the show because of behind-the-scenes problems, however, the decision to leave are personal ones. ABC confirmed in a statement:
“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.”
‘Page Six‘ broke the news.