Rosie O'Donnell Explains Her View Departure: 'I'm Minimizing My Stress'

Rosie O’Donnell is breaking her silence… about her silence.

After failing to address her departure from The View during Monday’s episode, O’Donnell posted a video to her YouTube account to clear the air. Simply put, she says, “I didn’t want to talk about it.”

“The truth is, I had a heart attack two years ago, and stress is very bad for heart attack survivors,” she says in the above video. “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? I don’t know.”

(Editor’s note: It is!)

“There’s lots of stuff going on at work, and there’s lots of stuff going on at home, and the only thing I can really control is the work by leaving,” she concludes.

Meanwhile, TVLine’s sister site Variety on Monday published an article offering quite a bit more insight into the behind-the-scenes reasons for O’Donnell’s departure, including disagreements with View moderator Whoopi Goldberg, as well as general unhappiness with her place in the fold.

View-ers, do you buy O’Donnell’s explanation, and are you sad to see her go? Hit PLAY on her video above, then drop a comment with your thoughts below.