‘The View’ on ABC started an 18th season on Monday. With the start of the season came some new cast members, and one of them looked very different then she has before. Funny lady Rosie O’Donnell,52, rejoined ‘The View’ on Monday, and fans and viewers were stunned at what they saw. O’Donnell was 53 pounds lighter. She looked fabulous.Rosie O'Donnell Wows Fans With 53 Pound Weight Loss!

O’Donnell told the audience members, her weight loss was a matter of life and death. O’Donnell had a medical procedure called a gastric sleeve in July of 2013. She elected to have the surgery in response to a heart attack a few months before the surgery. Doctors confirmed with O’Donnell that her excessive weight was very taxing on her heart. She said she was really left with no choice, as more traditional diets had never really provided a permanent solution to her battle of the bulge. She told ABC news on the set of her show, that the weight loss journey she has gone has not been easy, it’s still been hard work the comedian said. O’Donnell went on to say “Everyone assumes that obese people would just be jumping for joy, that they were healthier and thinner and able to fit into store bought jeans. We don’t have to go to the plus size store.” However O’Donnell said there is a lot more to it then that, you have to get used to the new you, and sometimes it takes a bit of getting used to. It’s not instant jubilation she said.

She said it’s been very emotional, her weight loss journey. She said the weight loss after a life time have being very overweight, has been a very emotional experience, leaving her feeling very vulnerable. She has been going to group therapy with other woman that are facing serious weight loss issues. She said it’s helped her in her journey to feel supported. Besides therapy, she said a lot of credit goes to her wife Michelle Rounds, who has been her “backbone.” She says without her wife, she’s not sure how she would have coped with this new improved person she is left with.

O’Donnell spoke of the fact that many marriages and relationships fail once one of the partners gets healthy or losses a lot of weight. She said luckily her wife is very healthy and always has been. She was very supportive of her weight loss, and her quest for better health. She said she feels loved and supported through her journey. O’Donnell now 52, said wants to have many more years with her wife, so getting healthy was necessary, this wasn’t done for vanity she said it was done for life, and to be healthy. O’Donnell rejoined The View on Monday, after having been gone for seven years. She famously departed the show after an on-air spat with then co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck. The show now is hosted by O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, former George W. Bush staffer Nicolle Walace, and returning host Whoopi Goldberg. Sparks will continue to fly with that combination of strong women!