Rosie O’Donnell leaving The View

Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View this week, six months after joining the ABC morning show. As she deals with the breakup of her marriage, O’Donnell – whose first, year-long tenure on the talker ended in 2007 – is putting “family and health first,” said her publicist. As for ABC, the net “has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her decision to leave.” ABC promised O’Donnell will “return to The View often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and her family.” Just last week, co-executive producer Brian Balthazar left after six months on the job to join HGTV; co-host Rosie Perez, rumored to be exiting while she was on hiatus to rehearse for a Broadway play, remains on the show.

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