ABC announced on Friday that Rosie O’Donnell was leaving The View after a second shortened stint on the female centric show. On Monday The View continued its day-to-day operations with the realization that Rosie was about to leave the show, and yet the hosts didn’t discuss her upcoming departure.
Rosie remained mum on the details of her departure and her former talk show hosts also avoided talking about her exist during Monday’s airing.
Now Rosie O’Donnell is speaking a bit more openly about her exit. O’Donnell says she was the one who didn’t want to talk about it, even though others wanted her to discuss it.
Even though “people have made guesses or interpretations,” O’Donnell says, she repeats that she’s leaving to reduce her stress level.
“The truth is I had a heart attack two years ago and stress is very bad for heart attack survivors,” she says. “You should minimize your stress, maximize your exercise and control your diet. That’s what you need to do for a healthy heart. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m minimizing my stress by leaving The View.”
Rosie O’Donnell is currently separated from her wife Michelle Rounds and she is attempting to raise five children.
“There’s lots of stuff going on at home and there’s lots of stuff going on at work. And the only thing I can really control is the work, by leaving. I can turn that volume all the way down to zero and just focus on what I need to focus on, which is my health and my family,” O’Donnell adds.
She goes on to say that she probably won’t discuss her leaving The View on Tuesday’s show. She also tells her viewers that her last episode will likely be aired on Thursday.