A shake-up at ABC’s “The View” may lead a former host back to the round table. According to a report by TMZ Monday, Rosie O’Donnell is currently in “active negotiations” with the show to return to the show she left in 2007. Apparently it is just coming down to money and other terms and a deal could come possibly this week.
Rumors of O’Donnell’s return started immediately after the show announced the departures of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Following the retirement show’s creator and part-time co-host Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg is currently the show’s lone host. The departures leave the long-running morning show in a frenzy to find replacements.
Names that have surfaced in rumors include O’Donnell, Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Mario Cantone, and Sarah Palin. O’Donnell’s previous experience on the show makes her ideal. Her much noted on-air feud with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was a reason she left after her first season, but not the only reason. O’Donnell expressed her love for the show, but wanted to focus more on her future. After her departure, she said, “my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me. They wanted me three years, I wanted one year and it just didn’t work.”
O’Donnell’s future since then included a guest-starring role on ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” and Broadway roles in “Grease,” “Seussical,” and “Fiddler On The Roof.” A return to “The View” is something O’Donnell has expressed an interest in and it could pair her with Palin if both women join the panel. Palin’s political views and O’Donnell’s outspoken nature and passion about what she believes in could lead to a feud worth tuning in for.
The former vice presidential candidate said she would “maybe” be interested in doing a political talk show. Palin would not only have to deal with O’Donnell, debates with Whoopi could also lead to some explosive television viewing. It should be interesting to see who replaces Shepherd and McCarthy on the Emmy Award-winning program.