Rosie O'Donnell Speaks Directly to Her Fans About 'View' Departure

by Jackie Willis 8:40 AM PST, February 10, 2015
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After touching on her departure from The View with ET this weekend, Rosie O'Donnell chose to send a direct video message to her fans via YouTube rather than discuss her exit on Monday's episode of the daytime talk show.

In the short video, O'Donnell further explains that she's leaving the ABC program to focus on her health after suffering a heart attack two years ago. "Stress is very bad for heart attack survivors," she says to camera. "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."

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O'Donnell adds that she didn't want to talk about the stress of the show while on The View yesterday, despite "everyone" wanting her to bring it up. "That's it. I don't want to talk about it on The View. So it was no one's fault but mine that I didn't discuss it today. Probably not going to discuss it [Tuesday]."

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The 52-year-old entertainer also elaborates on troubles at home with her estranged wife, Michelle Rounds, whom she split with in November. "It's hard. Marriage is complicated. I've got five kids; four of them are teenagers," she says. "There's lots of stuff going on at home and lots of stuff going on at work. The only thing I can really control is the work, by leaving. I can turn that volume down to zero."

On Saturday, Feb. 7, O'Donnell shared similar sentiments with ET, saying leaving The View was an "easy way to accomplish the lessening of the stress."

Do you agree with her decision to leave?