O’Donnell explained her exit on a YouTube video she posted Feb. 9, where she said her doctor had advised her to minimize stress after her 2012 near-fatal heart attack.
“Stress is very bad for heart attack survivors,” said Rosie. “You should minimize your stress, maximize your exercise and control your diet. That 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.”
Rosie, who recently lost more than 64 pounds after gastric sleeve weight loss surgery, said she wants to focus on her health and denied she had been feuding with her co-stars.
“My doctors were noticing that there was an uptick in my numbers since I started on the show,” said O’Donnell. “It got a little bit worse right before the holidays, and my doctor was kind of concerned, so when I went back after the holiday break, she said to me, ‘You know, the stress level is too much.'”
Rosie, who recently separated from wife Michelle Rounds, said her marital problems exacerbated the stress she felt, so something had to give. O’Donnell’s last appearance on “The View” was Friday, Feb. 13.
“I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life that’s been very stressful,” said O’Donnell, author of Celebrity Detox: (The Fame Game) . “I have five kids, four of them teenagers. Michelle and I are going through some hard stuff, and I can’t really fix those things right away, but I can fix this.”
O’Donnell underwent vertical gastric sleeve surgery in 2012 shortly after suffering a near-fatal heart attack, Examiner reported. “When you have a heart attack and almost die, it kind of puts things in perspective instantly, and it did for me,” she said. “I was morbidly obese.”
O’Donnell overhauled her lifestyle completely after her weight loss: She stopped drinking alcohol and started meditating twice a day.
Before her weight loss surgery, Rosie had high cholesterol, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. O’Donnell, who was pre-diabetic before her gastric sleeve surgery now tries to follow a low-carb, sugar-free diet. Low carb diets such as the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic diets promote rapid weight loss without hunger by forcing your body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Rosie returned to “The View” in September 2014 after leaving show in 2007 following rumored fallouts with then co-stars Elisabeth Hasselbeck and boss Barbara Walters. Recently, there were widespread rumors O’Donnell had been fighting with co-host Whoopi Goldberg, but she denied those reports.