It’s official–Rosie O’Donnell will return as co-host of “The View” next season, according to ABC.
O’Donnell will join moderator Whoopi Goldberg.
ABC execs are in the midst of a extensive search for new producers to take the reins of “The View” as the show prepares to replace panelists Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who recently exited the daytime program.
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Sources also confirm that Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, is in serious contention to join as co-host.
McCain is the co-host of Pivot’s “Take Part Live” and is confirmed to guest co-host “The View” on Monday, July 14 amid rumors.
McCain would take on the Republican voice of the day-time talk show, which was previously held by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Although, McCain has spoken against some of her party’s views, such as gay marriage and abortion.
O’Donnell’s last attempt at a talk-show gig was short lived. Her multi-million dollar deal with OWN only lasted 6 months with low ratings.
Sources say “View” is casting a wide net for prominent women to bring a culturally conservative perspective to the panel, as well as women versed in politics and comedy.
O’Donnell will add a strong liberal voice to the panel.
Shepherd and McCarthy will remain with the show through Aug. 8 and the new season is set to begin Sept. 15.