Rosie O'Donnell quits The View

Rosie O'Donnell has confirmed she's quit ABC talk show 'The View' to focus on her family following the breakdown of her marriage to Michelle Rounds.

Rosie and Michelle
Rosie and Michelle

Rosie O'Donnell has quit 'The View'.

The 52-year-old star has announced she and her wife, Michelle Rounds, have decided to part ways and she's therefore stepping down from her role on the ABC daytime talk show to focus on her family, the New York Post newspaper's PageSix reports.

Rosie's representative, Cindi Berger, said 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 - who has adopted daughter Dakota with Michelle as well adopted children Blake, Parker, Chelsea and Vivienne - returned to 'The View' last autumn after her controversial first exit from the show in 2007.

Reports emerged shortly after her return that she was to be axed for her "impossibly rude" behaviour, however, her departure is now said to be "very personal" and a result of her breakup.

ABC said 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 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 family."

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