Rosie O’Donnell splits from second wife, quitting ABC’s ‘The View’

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NEW YORK — Just six months after returning to ABC’s “The View,” Rosie O’Donnell is leaving the daytime talk show amid reports that she and her second wife, Michelle Rounds, have split.

The New York Post’s Page Six reported Friday that next week with be O’Donnell’s last week on “The View.”

Sources close to O’Donnell say she and Rounds, her wife of three years, have been living apart for months, and that O’Donnell feels she must leave the show to focus on her five children.

O’Donnell rep, Cindi Berger, confirmed the marital split, as well O’Donnell’s departure from “The View,” in a statement Friday night.

“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.’”

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In a statement confirming O’Donnell’s departure from the show, ABC said it “respected and understood her desire to put her well-being and her family first,” adding that she’ll “be back often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and family.”

O’Donnell, 52, married Rounds in June 2012. In 2013, they adopted a baby girl, Dakota. She has four other older kids.

A veteran comedian and daytime host, O’Donnell previously spent a combative eight months on “The View,” ending in 2007. That season was marked by on-going feuds with since-departed conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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