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Rosie O'Donnell will be bringing the drama; returning as host on 'The View'

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With hosts dropping from ‘The View’ like flies recently, the big question was would Whoopi Goldberg be left to make small talk with an endless stream of guest moderators. Well ABC lived up to their promise that the show would be moving in a “new and exciting direction.” The network confirmed yesterday that Rosie O’Donnell will be returning as a host on ‘The View’ next season.

Even though it may not be new, many are looking forward to the excitement that always seems to follow O’Donnell. When O’Donnell was a host for ‘The View’ from 2006-2007, there were so many hosts that the network would have been hard pressed to even slide a sheet of paper between them. They were often accused of cutting each other off in mid-sentence as each host scrambled to voice their opinion.

The cast chatting it up with O’Donnell her first time around in 2006 included Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Joy Behar. O’Donnell and Hasselbeck often battled it out in a war of words because Hasselbeck’s extremely conservative leanings clashed with O’Donnell’s more liberal slants. Their discussions often escalated into tear-filled arguments that shocked the live audiences, but drove their television ratings through the roof.

O’Donnell’s most bitter and personal sparring matches, by far, were with real estate mogul Donald Trump. On the show, O’Donnell ridiculed his handling of the then Miss USA Tara Conner’s legal problems after she was charged with under-age drinking. O’Donnell said Trump had no right to be a “moral compass” given his two bitter divorces. Trump fired back that O’Donnell was “a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully.” She said Trump was like “one of those, you know, snakeoil salesmen.” He said she was a “slob”.

And back it forth it went until Barbara Walters announced in 2007 that O’Donnell was leaving and that the decision was an amicable one reached through mutual agreement. O’Donnell said that she was fired because the producers told the other hosts what to ask the guests via earpieces. She said she refused to do that because she wanted to have authentic conversations. Taping has already begun for the upcoming season and soon it will be revealed if viewers will be served up a tamed Miss Manners’ version or will the real and spunky O’Donnell elbow her way back to the table.

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