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Rosie O’Donnell Returning to ‘The View’

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View” as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter a short time ago. ABC says O’Donnell will be a co-host of the show joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The show is looking for at least two other co-hosts, who may come from the cable news ranks.

O’Donnell left the show in 2007 after an infamous spat with former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Last night, O’Donnell responded on Twitter to comments Hasselbeck made about her. On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Hasselbeck said Barbara Walters‘ farewell show in May was really O’Donnell’s “hello show.” A Rosie fan chimed in:

The Daily News reports O’Donnell’s return might mean the departure of co-executive producer Bill Geddie. Rosie’s response to that:

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Rosie O’Donnell to ‘The View;’ Is MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman Next?

ODonnellViewAs Rosie O’Donnell prepares for a return to “The View,” which is what TMZ is reporting, there is increased speculation that the new right-leaning panelist will come from the cable news ranks. Abby Huntsman co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and Margaret Hoover, a CNN contributor, are being considered as co-hosts.

“At this time, we have no announcement to make and we are weeks away from making any type of announcement about anything pertaining to the show,” an ABC spokesperson told TVNewser this afternoon.

Insiders tell us Huntsman has been meeting with the ABC powers that be. She joined “The Cycle” a year ago. Hoover has been a contributor at CNN for two years.

O’Donnell left “The View” in 2007. Her exit came on the heels of a highly contentious shouting match with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is now co-host of “Fox & Friends.” Earlier this year, O’Donnell expressed eagerness to return to TV, denying rumors she was being considered to be CNN’s Piers Morgan replacement, but acknowledging she’d love the job. She was also in the running to host an MSNBC primetime show in 2007.

Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be leaving the show this summer; Barbara Walters retired in May, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the only returning host in the fall.

MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman Praises Fox News’ Bill Hemmer for ‘Interview Done Right’

A compliment among competitors today, as MSNBC’s “The Cycle” co-host Abby Huntsman complimented Fox News’ Bill Hemmer for his interview this morning with Karl Rove.

The interview kudos was for Hemmer’s segment with Rove on this morning’s “America’s Newsroom,” where Hemmer pressed the former President George W. Bush aide on a New York Post report that said Rove suggested Hillary Clinton might have brain damage from a fall she suffered in 2012 during a private conference he spoke at last week. The story also quotes Rove claiming Clinton was hospitalized for 30 days.

“Our research says she was in the hospital for three days,” Hemmer said, pressing Rove on his numbers (watch after the jump).

Things were less complimentary this morning on “New Day,” when John King called Rove’s comments “shocking” and “reprehensible,” adding it will be interesting to see if his “employers at Fox News Channel” think Rove’s comments were appropriate.

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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

The Best/Worst Valentine’s for TV News Ladies

heartsIt’s not often we hear women who work in TV news dish about their love lives on-air, so. for Valentine’s Day, we asked them to do it for us.

“America’s Newsroom” host Martha MacCallum will never forget the look on her husbands face after she provided some liquid humor.

“My new boyfriend (we are now married 20 years!) came over for a drink before we went out for dinner. He asked me for a scotch on the rocks and I poured him a big wine glass full and put two ice cubes in it, because I didn’t have a clue how people drank scotch.”

FNC Correspondent Shannon Bream‘s best V-Day snuck up on her thanks to a setup right before college graduation.

“I accepted a February 13th date with a handsome guy…he cooked me dinner, took me to a concert and held my hand. By the time I woke up on Valentine’s Day, I already knew I was falling in love.” (She was right…he’s now her husband, Sheldon Bream)

MSNBC “The Cycle’s” Abby Huntsman used to have a special breakfast with her mother and sisters on V-Day, but now that she’s married, sweat pants and wine are on the menu.

“My husband and I usually stay home and cook together on V-Day. Avoid the chaos. There’s something so romantic about just being home in sweats cooking dinner with a bottle of red wine.”

CNN “Crossfire’s” S.E. Cupp is also happily married, but had her fair share of Valentine’s blues growing up. Read more

‘The Cycle’ Mixed Salad: ‘You Might Just Be a Radish Who’s Bad At Analogies’

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In the second part of our interview with the hosts of MSBNC’s “The Cycle,” the on-air team engages in an all-important debate: what part of a mixed salad is each.

“Abby, I think you might just be a radish who’s bad at analogies,” co-host Ari Melber said on his co-host Abby Huntsman.

“Krystal’s like the tomato of the salad,” Huntsman said about Krystal Ball. “Very sweet, but also a necessity to make a good salad.”

“Juicy,” Ball chose to describe Melber, but Abby had a different take:

“Ari is maybe more like a pickle…you just never know how it’s going to take,” she said.

And Touré ?

“Am I the fried chicken that you sprinkle on top of the salad?” he asked.

Watch Part 1: “The Cycle” on making a show they’d want to watch.

MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ Hosts on Making a Show They’d Want to Watch

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What do you get when you pair a lawyer, pop-culture aficionado, former challenger for Congress, and lifelong politico who went through the battles of the most recent presidential election?

That would be MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” who recently spoke with MediaBistro.TV about how their different takes on issues, backgrounds, and experiences comes together on-air.

The co-hosts are also anti-cable news shout fest, favoring a show they themselves would enjoy watching as viewers.


Stay tuned for Part II: The different parts of “The Cycle” mixed salad.

Huntsman Family Reunion on ‘The Cycle’

Jon Huntsman“The Cycle” co-host Abby Huntsman welcomed her father, former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman to the panel today. The former republican candidate for president said he’s never seen America more divided than today.

“We are divided, and something needs to be done,” Huntsman said. “We have to move toward problem-solving and solutions and crossing the impenetrable divide.”

Huntsman also suggested the heated healthcare issue is more complicated than political sound bites.

HuffPost Live’s Abby Huntsman Joining MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’

MSNBC’s “The Cycle” is adding HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman as co-host. Huntsman announced the move on HuffPost Live this afternoon (see video below). She is effectively replacing S.E. Cupp, who left MSNBC to co-host CNN’s revamp of “Crossfire” last month.

Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman, who ran for the GOP nomination for President in the 2012 campaign. She is the second HuffPost Live host to depart this year. In May, Alicia Menendez announced that she would be departing to host her own show on Fusion, the new cable news channel from Univision and ABC News.

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, known as “The Iron Lady,” has passed away at the age of 87. Her death, in the middle of the network morning shows, immediately became big news.

ABC, CBS and NBC all reported on Thatcher’s death right at 8 AM, with CBS and NBC throwing to pre-taped memorial segments not long thereafter. CBS also secured former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who called in to the program at 8:32. NBC asked Abby Huntsman of The Huffington Post (and the son of Jon Huntsman) about her family’s relationship with Thatcher.

On cable news, Fox News reported Thatcher’s death at 7:53 AM, CNN reported Thatcher’s death at 7:54 AM, and MSNBC at 7:55 AM:
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