“The View” returned Monday for its 18th season with an overhaul to its look, including a new set and logo, as well as new co-hosts Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie O’Donnell, who joined returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg.
It’s the second go-round on the daytime talk staple for O’Donnell, who left the show “under acrimonious circumstances seven years ago,” reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
“It was O’Donnell who loomed the largest over the broadcast. The comedian, who recently lost 50 pounds thanks to a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, made herself conspicuously comfortable from the get-go, taking off her patent leather clogs and sitting cross-legged on her armchair — all to help her sciatica, she said,” the story reports.
The article adds: “During commercial breaks, she took questions from the audience and joked about her recent heart attack, her children and her infamous clashes with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.”
Creator Barbara Walters, who has retired from the show, was at the taping, watching from the green room and interacting with the audience after the episode, the piece adds.
The show ended with a tribute to the late Joan Rivers, with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth singing “Borrowed Angels.”
Rosie Perez, left, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace