Rosie O’Donnell is coming back in. After the departures of Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, and Barbara Walters from ABC’s The View, the daytime talk show is looking back to one of its old hosts. On Twitter, the show’s account confirmed that O’Donnell will return as a co-host with moderator Whoopi Goldberg for the talk show’s 18th season.
O’Donnell joined The View as a panelist in 2006 and then left before her contract expired in 2007, though she recently made an appearance at Barbara Walters’ goodbye special. O’Donnell’s exit was prompted in part by a falling-out with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who now appears on Fox and Friends. Hasselbeck recently talked about the possibility of O’Donnell’s return to The View on Fox’s show, commenting that she believed her return had been in the works for a long time.
O’Donnell is well-known for her fierce and sometimes controversial opinions, and her return could be taken as a sign that ABC wants to ignite some of the show’s old fire. Still, there are two positions left to fill. ABC previously told EW that it “has made decisions to evolve the show creatively,” so while O’Donnell’s return is a blast from the past, there’s still the possibility that The View will bring in someone completely unexpected in the future. On one hand, sources said that this “exciting new direction” might possibly include a male co-host or two. On the other, Sarah Palin has recently noted that there’s room for The View to go rogue.