Rosie O'Donnell Returning to ‘The View’ Following Volatile 2007 Exit

Rosie O'Donnell Returning to 'The View' Following Volatile 2007 Exit

The guest spot marks her first appearance on the ABC talker since being released from her hosting contract early

Rosie O'Donnell is making her return to ABC's “The View” on Friday, Feb. 7, when viewers will see if she's learned to play nice with others.

The 11 a.m. ET appearance marks the first time that O'Donnell will be on to the daytime talk show since moderating Season 10, which ran from 2006 to 2007.

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The former co-host departed the female-centric talker under less-than-friendly circumstances. A contract dispute with ABC was front-and-center, and O'Donnell's inability to get along with her colleagues — including the now-departed Elisabeth Hasselbeck — played out in front of millions.

O'Donnell ended up leaving “The View” about three weeks before her contract was up.

See video: Joy Behar Says Goodbye to ‘The View,’ Complete With F-Bomb

O'Donnell is currently guest-starring on ABC Family's series, “The Fosters” as Rita Henricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system and is a mentor to a member of the Foster family. O'Donnell's “Fosters” debut on Jan. 20 helped the show to a series high in total viewers.

Of her one-time colleague's return, host and executive producer Barbara Walters said, “I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show's successful history.”

“The View” features hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. It is produced by ABC and Walters’ Barwall Productions; Bill Geddie exec produces along with Walters. “The View” is directed by Mark Gentile.

  • DCGirl

    The View must need viewers; and this is their effort. They need to have Elisabeth on at the same time; but that won't happen. This show has definitely jumped the shark.

  • Garrett

    What a great idea to have Rosie come back. She can help us all remember when this show was entertaining and relevant. Maybe she can tell all the current hosts to just SHUT UP. This show is now so loud and chaotic, it is painful to watch. Jenny McCarthy – boneheaded move.

    • Dale Latimer

      Uhhh, they're called talk shows for a reason… entertainment and relevance come from the things in the news (and gossip column, and tabloids, etc, etc) they talk about!