CONFIRMED! Rosie O'Donnell to Return as Co-Host of ABC's THE VIEW!
The ABC network turned to its official Twitter page today to confirm the news that Rosie O'Donnell will indeed be returning as host of THE VIEW. The network posted an image proclaiming the news (at left) along with the caption: It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18"
The announcement follows the news that View co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy would be vacating their spots on the morning talk show. Following a flurry of reports of O'Donnell's return, Elisabeth Hasselbeck called in to 'Fox and Friends' and shared some harsh words about her former co-host. (Read story here!) Last night, The View's Joy Behar appeared on CNN and defended O'Donnell, calling Hasselbeck's remarks 'below the belt'! (Read story here!)
O'Donnell recently guest-starred on ABC Family's hit 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 first appearance on January 20 helped The Fosters to garner a series high in total viewers. The actress has appeared on Broadway in 'Grease,' 'Seussical' and 'Fiddler on the Roof.'