Comedian Rosie O'Donnell was once known as the "Queen of Nice." For six seasons, she was the Emmy-winning host of The Rosie O'Donnell Show
, an instant hit that catapulted her from the standup stage to stardom.
In a surprising move, Rosie ended her show in 2002 to spend more time with her family. Since then, she's traded in the "nice" title for something more authentic and, oftentimes, more controversial.
The same year her show went off the air, Rosie came out publicly as a lesbian, and in 2004, she married longtime partner Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco. Their marriage was later annulled by the State of California.
Rosie took time out of the spotlight to stay home with her and Kelli's four children, Parker, Chelsea, Blake and Vivienne, before returning to daytime television. When a spot opened up on The View
, Rosie settled in as one of the outspoken co-hosts. Ratings soared...and so did tempers.
After a private argument with the show's creator, TV legend Barbara Walters
, and a heated, on-air debate with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie walked off the set in May 2007, never to return.