Rosie O’Donnell to Return to ABC’s ‘The View’ as Guest After Rocky Tenure

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Comedienne headed back to show she moderated for first time since 2007

Rosie O”Donnell and the producers of “The View” appear to have reached a détente.

In a booking that is akin to having lions and lambs lay down together, ABC’s “The View” said former panelist Rosie O’Donnell, whose tenure on the program was marked by controversy, would return as a guest on Friday February 7. The appearance will mark the comedienne’s first on the show since she moderated its 2006-2007 season.

During of her time on “The View,” O’Donnell focused on political and newsy topics as well as the usual daytime fluff – but doing so often set her in conflict with fellow panelists like Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Even so, Barbara Walters, the veteran ABC newscaster who is also a producer of the program, said in a prepared statement that she was glad O’Donnell would return.

“I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact throughout the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history,” Walters said.

When O’Donnell left the program in 2007, she took to her own Web site to answer fans’ questions regarding the departure According to a report in People, she told followers she had always felt like “a foster kid” on the program. “We considered adoption, but I didn’t really fit in with the family.”

O’Donnell is currently guest-starring in the ABC Family drama “The Fosters.”

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  1. Glenda Jarrett says:

    I cant believe you’d want Rosie back after the last fiasco with her. She doesn’t know how to get along with others and courts controversy. You need someone really funny to replace Joy (which no one could. How about the hilarious Margaret Cho or Wanda Sykes. Either would bring some much needed humor. Anyone but Rosie O’Donnell!!!! It hasn’t been the same since Joy left. I have watched the show since the beginning, but wont if Rosie is on it.
    G Jarrett

  2. Lee Anderson says:

    It will be great to see Rosie again. Looking forward to her take on the Grammy weddings, etc.

  3. Lee Johnson says:

    I actually gave Walters more credit then to slime the show with having Rosie as a guest.
    Where’d that decission come from? Hope things don’t continue to slip prior to Barbara’s retirement.

  4. Charles says:

    I won’t be watching. Rosie’s “I’ m right, everyone else is wrong” attitude is a big turn off. I hope they don’t try and ease her back but I smell a rat. They will say, following her appearance, that the ratings were great and that the majority of folks were glad to see her back, even if not true.

  5. margo says:

    I stopped watching the View after Rosie joined the group! hated her negative vibe..and antagonistic personality! Hope it is only a one day event!

  6. V Morris says:

    So glad Rosie will be on the View. She and her views have been missef

  7. JW says:

    Please note – on a Friday. The Mon-Thur shows are live, then they tape the Friday show later Thursday, then edit it for broadcast on the next day. Just how welcoming can that be???

  8. Martin says:

    Boring, shrill, prune. Instant fail.

  9. RL says:

    I wouldn’t beieve anything Barbara Walters said even if she said the sky was blue.. No fan of Elizabeth but they treated her like an Ann Curry and Walters professed to loving her so much. Rosie watch your back, front and sides and get your shots asap

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