Sunday, June 16, 2024

Rosie O’Donnell Leaving “The View,” Splits from Wife; Joy Behar May Return


Rosie O’Donnell is leaving “The View” and has split from wife Michelle Rounds. Page Six got the scoop tonight. This may explain Rosie’s behavior on “The View” since it started again last fall. Almost immediately after the show she and Rounds, who nearly died last year from a rare condition, split up.

Rosie has five children– four with former partner/wife Kelly Carpenter, and a baby with Rounds. That she’s leaving the show is not a shock since she and Whoopi Goldberg have not gotten along since Day 1. But it’s clear that O’Donnell was dealing with too much stress at home to participate in a daily live show.

More to come. But for Rosie, this is just a chapter in a long career. I fully expect to see her doing her comedy act, touring, and writing, appearing on ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” and so on.

Now comes the question: is “The View” doomed? Rosie Perez is now doing her Broadway show. This leaves Whoopi and Nicolle Wallace. Last week Joy Behar returned for a test; I can tell you it’s very possible she’ll come back as a full time maybe or something.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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