Rosie O'Donnell will officially return to "The View" as co-host, ABC confirmed Thursday.
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O'Donnell will re-join Whoopi Goldberg for the show's 18th season. TMZ reported Tuesday that the former co-host would be returning, claiming that O'Donnell had been in "active talks" with the show. O'Donnell first left the show prematurely in 2007 after an on-air fight with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck did not hide her outrage over O'Donnell's return on "Fox and Friends" Wednesday, alleging that she believes the deal to bring back O'Donnell has "been in the works for a long time."
This will be ABC's first move to put back the pieces after the major overhaul that left Whoopi Goldberg as the show's only remaining co-host. In June, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy announced that they would be leaving, and ABC implied in a statement that their departures were not voluntary. Barbara Walters, the show's creator, retired in May and Joy Behar and Hasselbeck both exited the show in 2013.