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‘The View': Rosie O’Donnell, Newcomers Talk Politics, Strong Opinions and Who’s the Smart One (Video)

The new ‘View’ crew spills about what’s to come after major panel revamp

ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” returns to the air Monday with a dramatically revamped panel, as new additions Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace join returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

In a series of new videos, O’Donnell, Perez and Wallace discuss a variety of topics, revealing what they hope to bring to the long-running talk show.

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“I am very opinionated but I also think that my background … coming from abject poverty, being a person that was once in the child welfare system, I see the world in a specific way and I also see the world in a way that it has an enormous amount of gray area,” Perez offered of her upcoming role on the I have had my feet in both worlds. I get it, how people think.

Wallace, a politics junkie who served as the communications director for George W. Bush during his presidency, suggested that “The View” will make political topics appealing to people who don’t necessarily immerse themselves in politics.

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“I think in politics there are a lot people who are interested but feelĀ  so disconnected from Washington … if there’s a political story to talk about one morning, I think we can sort of sit back and let the story breathe a little bit,” Wallace said. “I’d love to hear what my co-hosts think about this country maybe having to do something to protect ourselves from these new terrorists Isis … I think people want to hear what Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez think about things.”

O’Donnell, who previously had a brief, tumultuous run on “The View,” said that she’s returning to the fray for the chance to work with Goldberg.

“What drew me back was the opportunity to work with Whoopi Goldberg. I have admired her since I saw her in her first one-woman show, back when we were both younger and less gray,” O’Donnell said.

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As for who the brainiac of the panel is, O’Donnell didn’t hesitate.

“Nicolle is much smarter I ever will be,” O’Donnell admitted. “She probably would kick my ass on the SATs.”

Watch the “View” newbies talk about what they’re bringing to the show in the video.