04:22 PM EDT 02/10/2015
Originally posted 02/08/2015 09:55AM
For Rosie O'Donnell, leaving The View was just what the doctor ordered.
The comedian suffered a near fatal heart attack in 2012 and has kept a firm eye on her health ever since. "My doctors were noticing that there was an uptick in my numbers since I started on the show," the co-host of ABC's The View told PEOPLE while premiering her new documentary Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Standup at the Athena Film Festival in New York on Saturday.
"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,' " said O'Donnell, 52.
At that point, O'Donnell realized she had to eliminate whatever stress she could. "I've had a lot going on in my personal life that's been very stressful. I have five kids, four of them teenagers, that's a lot of my attention," not to mention, the problems within her marriage to Michelle Rounds. "You know, 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 said.
Originally posted 02/07/2015 05:05PM
Her first run on The View was full of controversy and on-air clashes. Her return, seven years later, was hotly anticipated. But just six months later, Rosie O'Donnell is exiting again, leaving the ABC talk show without its resident spitfire.
Why? The 52-year-old comedian announced Friday that she's refocusing her life after separating from wife Michelle Rounds.
Originally posted 10/24/2012 02:50PM
Rosie O'Donnell could have died when she suffered a heart attack earlier this year, and she now says that deciding not to call 911 was a nearly fatal choice.
"I said to Michelle, 'I think this could be a heart attack,' " O'Donnell, 50, says, referring to her wife Michelle Rounds, on the The Dr. Oz Show airing Thursday. "She says, 'I'm going get you some aspirin.' By chance, three days before, [Michelle] had purchased Bayer Women's Aspirin. I chewed them, and then I fell asleep. But then I did not call 911, and I should have."
O'Donnell says she later learned that women often don't reach out for help during a heart attack. "Fifty percent of women, while having heart attacks and suspecting they're having heart attacks, do not call 911," she says. "It was the stupidest decision I ever made in my life."
Originally posted 08/27/2012 12:10PM
Congratulations – and surprise! – Rosie O'Donnell is married.
O'Donnell, 50, who recently suffered a heart attack, moved up her planned wedding to fianceé Michelle Rounds after Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare disease that only affects three out of every million people.
The couple, who announced their engagement in Dec. 2011, exchanged vows on June 9 in a private ceremony in New York, O'Donnell's rep Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE exclusively. "They got married but they haven't had the wedding celebration."
The two originally planned to be married in August, but they choose to get married quietly in June before Rounds's first surgery on June 14.
Originally posted 03/20/2012 04:40PM
Oprah Winfrey's cancelation of Rosie O'Donnell's OWN Network show last week didn't rain on the parade of O'Donnell's 50th birthday bash. If anything, it provided reason to amp up Monday night's celebrating.
Arriving with her fiancée Michelle Rounds at the Paris Club's sexy upstairs lounge Studio Paris in Chicago – festooned in yellows and blues with lots of chandeliers – the birthday girl kicked things off by addressing her show's recent demise and encouraging her production team and other attendees to have a great time.
Originally posted 01/04/2012 06:00AM
Rosie O'Donnell and fiancée Michelle Rounds cozied up over the weekend in Miami, where the TV host-comedian has a house. The couple enjoyed a date night at Japanese restaurant Zuma, and O'Donnell later took to Twitter to proclaim how delicious her evening really was.
"The food was out of this world – and we had a blast – date night rocks," O'Donnell Tweeted after their meal together.
On the menu for the two, who were secretly engaged earlier this fall: Alaskan king crab, pork belly skewers and Wagyu beef. For dessert, they ordered a yuzu keylime pie.
"They looked so cute together, talking and laughing," a source tells us, adding that the couple "radiated happiness."
Adds the source: "And Michelle's ring is beautiful."
– Linda Marx
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