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Rosie O'Donnell makes big return to 'The View'

Rosie O'Donnell
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Today, Feb. 7, Rosie O’Donnell made her first return to The View since she abruptly left the show in 2007 after a famous split-screen face off in a debate with Elisabeth Hasselback during the show’s “Hot Topics” segment. Barbara Walters introduced O’Donnell and commented they’d had good times and bad times.

Rosie sat down and admitted it felt weird to be back. She discussed the massive heart attack she had and how all the signs were there, but she didn’t call the doctor until 50 hours later. She has now devised “HEPPP,” which stands for “Hot, Exhausted, Pain, Pale, Puke,” to let others know the warning signs for women who may be having heart attacks. O’Donnell is lucky to be alive, since she had 100% blockage in her LAD and had a stent put in as a result.

The group then moved on to more Hot Topics. They asked Rosie to weigh in on the Woody Allen sexual assault charges, which she believes to be true; Justin Bieber, who she thinks needs parental supervision he isn’t getting because fame hits you like a tidal wave when you aren't used to it; and the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who she related back to an article her close friend, Russell Brand, about his own recovery from heroin addiction. She thinks everyone should read Russell Brand’s piece and understand it is a disease.

O’Donnell also discussed her current projects – she filmed an HBO comedy special and is currently appearing on ABC Family’s The Fosters. (She plays a social worker).

Whoopi Goldberg asked if Rosie missed the daily format of the show, and she did miss parts of it and being able to speak her opinions on current events, but she didn’t miss being attacked on the internet.

What did you think of Rosie O’Donnell’s appearance on The View? Do you miss her on the show? Leave your thoughts in a comment below!

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