After leaving “The View” nearly seven years ago, comedian Rosie O’Donnell will be returning to Barbara Walters’ hit ABC show. But according to People magazine it won’t be for an extended stay like her first stint on the show. On Feb. 7, the controversial host will make her return as a guest.
Since her departure, the comedian has continued to make headlines as she adopted children, ending relationships and even reportedly dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, the Associated Press wrote.
It’s a little surprising the 51-year-old will be taking a seat on “The View” stage again since she and Walters didn’t exactly leave off on the best circumstances when O’Donnell exited the show in 2007. She’s since said she felt like a “foster kid” on the show and fought with former host Elisabeth Hasselbeck-- the two were known to butt heads over their different views.
But the troubles of 2007 seem to have been washed away with time, and Walters said in a statement quoted by Variety she’s happy to bring O’Donnell back to the show. "I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact throughout the years,” the statement read. “I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show's successful history.”
A source added to People that O’Donnell harbors a similar admiration for Walters, 84. The is the last season the veteran journalist will spend on the show, and People’s insider said O’Donnell wanted to be a part of Walters’ final days on the show.
"She wanted to go back and visit ‘The View’ to celebrate Barbara's last season and talk about her ABC show ‘The Fosters’ and her one-woman show," the source said.
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