ABC’s daytime TV cornerstone, “The View,” finally got some good news.
Representatives of controversial cohost Rosie O’Donnell confirmed Friday she is leaving the long-running talk show next week to take care of her children, according to the New York Post.
The announcement comes on the heels of news that the far-left liberal comedian separated from her wife of three years, Michelle Rounds.
“I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November. Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention,” O’Donnell’s representative, Cindi Berger, said in a statement, according to the Post. “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.”
ABC officials also confirmed O’Donnell’s departure.
“Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show,” the network’s statement said, according to the Post. “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.”
The news comes after months of tabloid speculation about the show’s future amid rumors of infighting among the hosts and new host Rosie Perez’s own possible departure.
O’Donnell is scheduled to cohost her last show Friday.
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