Morning Brew – Rosie O’Donnell announces split with wife, leaves “The View”

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Good morning!

In some sad news, Rosie O’Donnell has announced she’s separating from wife Michelle Rounds, and she’s also leaving The View. Rosie’ s publicist gave the following statement:

“This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first. ABC has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her personal decision to leave The View. Next week will be her last.”

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Such a bummer, all around. I enjoyed having her back on TV every day.

In some happier news, Lea DeLaria and partner Chelsea Fairless announced their engagement on Facebook:

Despite their concerns about the patriarchal confines of marriage, actor / singer Lea DeLaria & editrix Chelsea Fairless of Brooklyn, New York are pleased to announce their engagement. No date has been set for the impending nuptials but it’s safe to say that it will be the event of the season, or a total shit show.

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More good news? OK! Freeheld has been picked up by Lionsgate. From The Hollywood Reporter:

In a contest that went overnight and into dawn in the German capital, the company beat out numerous other bidders, including Focus Features, Sony Pictures Classics, and Netflix, among others. The deal for North American rights was in the high seven figures, according to sources. Even more noteworthy is that the bidding war erupted after execs saw only a 12-minute sizzle reel, and not a completed film, since Freeheld is still in post.

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Oh god, I can’t wait.

Lisa Cholodenko and Jill Soloway were winners at the Directors Guild Awards over the weekend. F yeah! Lisa won for Olive Kitteridge (Movies for Television and Miniseries) while Jill took home Best Comedy for Transparent. Jodie Foster and Jane Lynch were there, too, as a nominee and presenter, respectively.

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During a live interview with Lena Dunham, Miranda July divulged how she came to crush on who she thought was a silver-haired butch at a meditation retreat, and how it inspired The First Bad Man.

We could soon have a statue of gay astronaut Sally Ride in D.C. if the measure proposing a monument in her name gets passed. Fingers crossed!

Germany feminist magazine EMMA apparently has a great feature on how lesbians are the forgotten victims of the Holocaust. GayStarNews helps to translate the fascinating article.

Ever Mainard and Caitlin Bergh tried out some edible sex toys for BuzzFeed. SO SEXY!

Pride won a BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Yay!

Actress Lizabeth Scott passed away recently, and The New York Times obit made mention of her infamous lesbian scandal:

She appeared in more than 20 movies but her career never recovered after her unsuccessful $2.5 million lawsuit in 1955 against a gossip magazine called Confidential that published allegations she was a lesbian.

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Amy Kelly is leaving Coronation Street, which means Sophie Webster will, yet again, need a new girlfriend. Amy, who plays Maddie, will be leaving this summer to pursue other acting opportunities.

Have a great day! Try to forget it’s a Monday!

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