Saturday, May 18, 2024

Rosie O’Donnell Returns to “The View” For First Time Since She Left


Rosie O’ Donnell is returning to “The View” on February 7th. It’s a triumphant return, too, and the first time she’s been on the show since her raucous exit at the end of 2007. It’s about time!

Barbara Walters said in a statement:  “I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through 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.”

You may recall that during her highly rated run, Rosie battled with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She also went toe to toe with Donald Trump. There were many times when she felt Walters didn’t support her.

But things are changing at “The View.” Walters is retiring at the end of May. Jenny McCarthy has been a controversial addition. There’s been talk of Sherri Shepherd leaving. A permanent Rosie return isn’t so far fetched.

And the fact is, Rosie has mellowed too. A new “View” run by Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell is a pretty swell idea. This one time return might be a path to that plan. Anyway, February is sweeps, and “The View” wants ratings.

What’s Rosie been doing? She’s been appearing on ABC Family’s very successful series “The Fosters.” She’s also been raising her kids, doing stand up, and getting ready to get back in the game. Even I will watch “The View” on February 7th!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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