Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Rounds

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The last few months have been far tougher for Rosie O'Donnell than anyone knew.

She and wife Michelle Rounds have split up, and Rosie announced today that she also will be leaving The View, barely five months after returning as a co-host to the ABC morning show.

The news comes just after rumors were finally put to rest that Rosie Perez was exiting The View after barely getting her feet wet as a morning show personality.

"I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November," O'Donnell's rep said in a statement Friday.

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"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. Next week will be her last."

The news was first reported by Page Six.

Upon her return to The View in September, nearly seven years after her first run as a co-host ended, O'Donnell told Variety, "I think it's going to be must-see TV. My goal is to come in peace. And the contrast between what the show will be and what it was is going to be glaring."

Instead, her brief stay was plagued by rumors that she and Whoopi Goldberg were feuding bitterly behind the scenes. Earlier this year it was rumored that Perez, who also joined the show in September along with Nicolle Wallace, would not be returning from a hiatus to rehearse a Broadway play, but her first episode back was Feb. 3.


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"Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show," ABC said in a statement obtained by E! News. "When she told us that she wanted to exit The View, we respected and understood her desire to put her well-being and her family first. We're delighted she's still part of the ABC family with upcoming guest appearances on The Fosters. And we know she'll return to The View often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and her family."

As for the upheaval in her personal life, O'Donnell and Rounds married in June 2012 in a private ceremony in New York, but they didn't announced the news until the following month. O'Donnell also suffered a heart attack that August.

This was O'Donnell's second marriage; she has four children with ex Kelli Carpenter.

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