After much speculation, Rosie O’Donnell has been confirmed as the new co-host of “The View.”
“It’s official! ABC confirms Rosie O’Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18,” the show announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The 52-year-old TV vet first appeared on the daytime talk show in September 2006. She left in May 2007 after a highly publicized on-air spat with fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Earlier this week, Elisabeth spoke out about Rosie’s then-rumored return.
“What could ruin a vacation more than to hear news like this?” Hasselbeck said on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. “I know Rosie very well. We worked quite closely. Talk about not securing the border! Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there, coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at ‘The View’ table.”
Adding, “Not surprising. I think this has been in the works for a long time.”
-- Jesse Spero