Rosie O'Donnell Explains Why Her 'View' Exit Wasn't Discussed During Monday's Show (Video)
It was business as usual on the ABC talker.
ABC may have announced Friday night that Rosie O'Donnell would be leaving The View after her second shortened stint on the show, but it was business as usual on Monday's episode of the daytime talk show.
Neither O'Donnell nor any of the other panelists discussed the fact that this would be her last week on the show, something that had been announced since they last taped an episode.
And in a video message posted on YouTube, O'Donnell revealed that she was the one who didn't want to talk about it, even though others wanted her to discuss it.
She says that she spoke about the reasons she decided to leave at the Athena Film Festival on Saturday night.
Even though "people have made guesses or interpretations," O'Donnell says, she repeated that she's leaving to reduce her stress level.
"The truth is I had a heart attack two years ago and stress is very bad for heart attack survivors," she says. "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."
As she said on Saturday, it's easier for her to fix her job than it is for her to fix the issues in her personal life, as she's also separated from her wife, Michelle Rounds, and is trying to raise five children.
"There's lots of stuff going on at home and there's lots of stuff going on at work. And the only thing I can really control is the work, by leaving. I can turn that volume all the way down to zero and just focus on what I need to focus on, which is my health and my family," O'Donnell added.
She goes on to say that she probably won't discuss her leaving The View on Tuesday's show and that her last show will be on Thursday. The View pretapes its Friday shows on Thursdays, so it's unclear whether she means she'll tape Friday's show or if her last show will be the Thursday live show.