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O’Donnell returns to ‘View’ table

Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View” this September for a most unexpected second act.

ABC announced Thursday on Twitter that O’Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances; Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years; and ABC didn’t renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season.

The roundtable has generally had five hosts;this season, there are four.

O’Donnell, the veteran comedian whose daytime talk show was wildly popular in the 1990s, spent a combative eight months on “The View,” ending in 2007. She frequently made news, feuding with the likes of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch, and the show’s ratings went up. But after a nasty on-air argument with then-co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, O’Donnell asked to be let out of her contract.

O’Donnell was moderator of “The View” during her time there, which meant she generally guided conversations on the show. Goldberg has assumed that role and is expected to keep it.

– Associated Press

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