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Rosie O'Donnell Says Goodbye to 'The View' Again: VIDEO


On today's episode of The View, Rosie O'Donnell - joined on stage by daughter Dakota - bid farewell to the daytime talk show for a second time.

O'Donnell thanked the cast, crew and Barbara Walters and said she'd return every now and then to do a crafting segment on the show. 

Watch the goodbye, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week, O'Donnell posted a video to YouTube saying she was leaving the view over health concerns. 

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Rosie O'Donnell Speaks Out About Leaving 'The View' Over Her Health: VIDEO


Rosie O'Donnell has posted a video to YouTube responding to the news that she is leaving The View again. O'Donnell says people have been wondering why it wasn't discussed on today's show.

“It was no one’s fault but mine that we didn’t discuss it today. [We’re] probably not going to discuss it tomorrow. My last show is Thursday, and then I’ll be watching from home.”

Adds O'Donnell:

"The truth is, I had a heart attack two years ago, and stress is very bad for heart attack survivors. You should minimize your stress, maximize your exercise, and control your diet...I’m minimizing my stress by leaving The View. And the stress that I’m having at home is not as easily remediable. Is that even a word?"

Watch her complete statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rosie O'Donnell Is Leaving 'The View' Again


Rosie O'Donnell is leaving ABC's daytime talk show The View for the second time, Variety reports:

“I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November. Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention,” O’Donnell’s rep, Cindi Berger, said in a statement. “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 View” has been in a state of turmoil since last May when founding anchor Barbara Walters signed off of the roundtable 11 a.m. talker and Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd also left the panel. O’Donnell was recruited back to the show, which she co-hosted in the 2006-07 with much turmoil behind the scenes, along with newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace. Whoopi Goldberg, the show’s moderator and only returning member of the panel this season, is said to have butted heads with O’Donnell behind the scenes, as well as on-air.

Sources close to the situation said O’Donnell had been struggling with the stress related to her divorce as well as the pressure on “The View” set. The show’s lineup opened strongly in the ratings in September but viewership quickly tailed off. There has been much discussion at ABC about making further changes or additions among the hosts. Sources close to the situation suggested that O’Donnell decided to jump, citing her personal reasons, before she had to face the prospect of getting pushed.

Said ABC in a statement:

Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show. When she told us 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.

Watch some of O'Donnell's more memorable (and heated) moments from the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Ladies of The Talk and The View Respond to Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn's Suicide: VIDEOS


17-year-old Leelah Alcorn's tragic suicide was a talking point on recent episodes of both The View and The Talk.

Leelah, you'll recall, stepped in front of a tractor-trailer late December after being subjected to months of abuse and isolation at the hands of her parents after she came out to them as transgender.

Choking up on The View Thursday, guest co-host Laverne Cox recounted her own struggles growing up, including a suicide attempt at age 11. 

Said Cox:

CoxI did an 'It Gets Better' video, but I was also very critical of it. It got better for me when I learned how to reach out and get support, when I really did the work to truly love myself. And that's a lot of work, but you can't do it alone. And I don't want to demonize her parents, her parents must be going through the worst thing any parent would go through. But I think what they did by isolating her and not supporting her, she didn't feel like she could reach out for support, I think that's the worst thing you can do.

The ladies of The Talk were also critical of the way Leelah's parents handled things, with Aisha Tyler saying:

Talk2Every parent of a transgender child should understand that this is not a phase, that it's not a fashion trend. When your child comes to you and says "I feel like I'm a girl in a boy's body" you have to listen to your child and love them. They need your support. They don't need you to tell them that they're a bad person or that the devil is in them. 

Sarah Gilbert teared up saying "I just think it's more important to let go of the idea that you have a son than to lose your child" while Sheryl Underwood spoke at length about Leelah's "Christian bully" parents:

TalkThat is not what Christianity is all about. You're going to drive people away from what Christian love is truly all about. And I'd like to see this family, especially this mother, instead of trying to defend something that is definitely wrong to almost every mother in this room, get on your knees and ask your child and ask the Lord to forgive you for anything you did to hurt your child. 

Watch the segments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Let Annie Lennox Put Some Soul in Your Saturday Step With 'Georgia on My Mind' - VIDEO


Annie Lennox stopped by The View yesterday to promote Nostalgia, her first non-holiday album in 7 years that features covers of classic 20th century hits - including "Georgia on My Mind" as made famous by Ray Charles. 

Lennox also sat down with the ladies to share how she picked which songs to cover on the album and to clarify her "feminist-lite" Beyonce comments. 

Check out the interview and her fantastic performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Laverne Cox Talks New Show, Jenji Kohan, and 'Telling the T' on 'The View': VIDEO


Laverne Cox stopped by "The View" on Tuesday, gabbing with Rosie O'Donnell and Nicole Wallace. Tragically, Whoopi Goldberg wasn't there for this segment, so we didn't get another taste of their rapport.

For the most part, Cox spoke about her new project Logo documentary "The T Word." The doc follows the lives of young transgender people, who Cox points out face (on the whole) less adversity than you might have feared. Two of the show's castmembers were in attendance at "The View."

Cox also joked, defining the "T" in "T word," giving "trans" as a definition, but also pointing out the usage found among queens on "RuPaul's Drag Race." "T means truth," Cox said, with a laugh. "Trans folks started that by the way!" 

Cox talked her early days as an actress — working in independent film. She also talked her breakthrough — getting cast in "Orange is the New Black." Cox describes the serendipity of finding the show; in the early stages of casting Jenji Kohan had (jokingly) said: "We need to hire someone on this show, and ideally, they will have a twin brother." Along came Laverne and the rest is history.

Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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