ABC Confirms That Rosie O'Donnell Is Back on 'The View' AP
ABC has confirmed that Rosie O'Donnell will return to the daytime talk show "The View." The Associated Press reports that O'Donnell, who made a turbulent exit from the show in 2007, will be back on the couch in September.
The network announced the news today on Twitter.
Other than co-host Whoopi Goldberg, the couch looks pretty empty at this point, the report notes. "Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years and ABC didn't renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season," the story reports.
The show has traditionally had five hosts, but has gone with four this season.
"O'Donnell, the veteran comedian whose daytime talk show was wildly popular in the 1990s, spent a combative eight months on 'The View,' ending in 2007. She frequently made news, feuding with the likes of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch, and the show's ratings went up. But after a nasty on-air argument with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, O'Donnell asked to be let out of her contract," the AP reports.
Video of the O'Donnell-Hasselbeck unpleasantness can be seen by clicking here. Hasselbeck has since moved on to Fox News Channel.
"O'Donnell briefly hosted a talk show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, but it drew little interest. She came back as a guest on 'The View' in February, a sign that relations had thawed," the AP report notes.
Other than its Twitter announcement, ABC wasn't commenting.
"O'Donnell was moderator of 'The View' during her eight months, which meant she generally guided conversations on the show," the story reports. "Goldberg has assumed that role, and is expected to keep it."