NEW YORK (AP) — Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View” this September for a most unexpected second act.

ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O’Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. 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 roundtable has generally had five hosts, including Walters, throughout its history. This season there are four.

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.

Hasselbeck is gone now, having left “The View” to join 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.

ABC would not comment Thursday on O’Donnell’s return, other than its tweet. O’Donnell’s spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, didn’t immediately return messages for comment.

O’Donnell was moderator of “The View” during her eight months, which meant she generally guided conversations on the show. Goldberg has assumed that role, and is expected to keep it.

ABC hasn’t commented on who is under consideration to join Goldberg and O’Donnell. Guest hosts, however, are often a signal of people trying out for the job. Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain who has her own show on the Pivot network, will be a guest host next week. Abby Huntsman, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, has been a guest in the past. Lawyer Sunny Hostin is scheduled for a future guest host role.

Former Alaska Gov. and Fox News personality Sarah Palin has expressed interest in a job at “The View,” but there is no indication that she is under consideration by ABC.

McCarthy and Shepherd will remain with the show until the week of Aug. 11, when it goes on summer hiatus. O’Donnell will join with the start of a new season on Sept. 15.

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4 thoughts on “IT’S OFFICIAL: ABC Confirms Rosie O’Donnell is Back on ‘The View’

  1. Timekeeper on said:

    Someone said this show is on it’s last legs. I think it is already in a wheelchair. Rosie, while I appreciate her progressive stance can be so mean spirited at times, and a verbal bully to the point it takes away the points she tries to make. Yes, there is so much talent out there from, intelligent, objective people who could add something to the show. Although clothes shouldnt matter, I do wish Whoopi would put on something that would be nicer to see, it is obvious she doesnt care anymore. However, she is the brightest perosn on the show and provides meaningful commentary when guests do become ignorant. In other words she does know how to put people in their place. People who continue to watch the view must have absolutley nothing else to do. The price is right” is a whole lot beter at 11am. At least, the average person gets genuinely excited when they win something and they are genuinely happy.

  2. The average person doesn’t want to see no D Rosie O’Donnell. With all the talent that’s out here; why in the H would they bring Rosie back. Personally I think the show’s on it’s last leg anyway, and they figure oh well why not bring Rosie back since we’re on the way out anyway. I like Whoopi because she does make intriguing comments most of the time; but to be honest I’m tired of seeing her in those sloppy A clothes. Bye to The View….and take 12 seats!!!

  3. Guest on said:

    I was soooooo mad when Rosie cancelled her show. She promoted Broadway (saw first play with Oprah) and crafts etc. Add Ross Mathews and I might start watching The View again!!! hahaha Now I can’t believe my daughter’s former teammate Nyjah Cousar is the laughing stock of the country accidentally sending a nude photo to dad. I bet Karen Dennis at Ohio State doesn’t regret booting this hoodrat now!!!! Poor Clemson and dad. We do our best as parents……..

  4. jhuf on said:

    Well Barbara Walters questioned the future of that show, now they want to regurgitate toxic hosts
    it’s akin to mid-evil times when they tried to cure someone by Bleeding them

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