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

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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