On Monday TMZ reported that Rosie O'Donnell was in negotiation to rejoin "The View." On Tuesday, TMZ broke the news that O'Donnell has made a deal with "The View" and will be returning to ABC's daytime talk show. TMZ indicated that the show will make the official announcement shortly.
O'Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg, the only remaining co-host. Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd confirmed on Monday that they are leaving to take on other jobs. Producers are looking for two other replacements. They are said to be looking for a Latina and a conservative. Two conservative candidates who are being scoped are Abby Huntsman and Margaret Hoover.
The Huffington Post also reported on O'Donnell returning to "The View." O'Donnell had been in active talks with ABC, and she has decided to return to the same show she left in 2007 after just one season. She said she left the first time because her needs for the future just didn't dovetail with what ABC was able to offer her. The 52-year-old controversial comedian was a guest on "The View" last Feb.
If you can remember, O'Donnell was the moderator when she was there before; however, Whoopi Goldberg is the moderator now. So it is believed that O'Donnell will return as a regular co-host. Fox News reported that ABC executives really wanted her back, and they are confident she has what it takes to add some controversy and drive the ratings up.
O'Donnell's return is the first step taken toward filling the vacant seats. "The View" has seen the exit of all of its co-hosts except Goldberg this season. Jenny McCarthy recently announced her departure after one year. On the same day, Sherri Shepherd announced her departure after seven years. Barbara Walters, the show’s founder and co-producer, retired from television on May 2.
It is interesting that according to social media, some people are glad O'Donnell is returning. Others are not so happy about ABC's decision to bring her back.