Hasselbeck noted that she’s given her take on all of “The View’s” recent exits—not just O’Donnell’s return—and would be open to speaking with her former co-host.
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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:
@ellenrja – excellent comment – she was hiding in her dressing room – til i walked right in and said hello – her reply LETS TAKE A SELFIE !!
— Rosie (@Rosie) July 10, 2014
“Talk about not securing the border,” a vacationing Hasselbeck said via phone on “Fox and Friends.” “Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who’s 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… not surprising.”
“Rosie herself told me on-set, while we were mice-ed up, that she produced the reunion show to have everyone together, and it was her idea. Would you think that the woman who left the way she did would be producing Barbara’s goodbye show? Here’s the shocker…it was actually her hello show.”
As 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.
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.
We’ve been hearing that MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski could potentially be headed to the ABC chat show, so we asked MSNBC. The network tells us there’s no truth to the rumor.
Meanwhile, Meredith Vieira, one of the original “The View” co-hosts was on NBC’s “Today” show giving her thoughts on last night’s firing of Shepherd and McCarthy. “It’s practically broken down the show, it’s just Whoopi [Goldberg] who’s left,” said Vieira.
Vieira said she’s heard rumors of former host Rosie O’Donnell returning as well as the potential for male hosts. Al Roker asked Vieira if she can make a call and get the inside scoop. “I don’t have enough to do, that I have to do your homework…I don’t work on the show anymore!” Vieira said (watch after the jump).
A couple hours later, Barbara Walters returned to “The View” to discuss her interview with the father of the Isla Vista shooter, which will air tonight in a “20/20″ special. The segment was pre-taped Wednesday, before Shepherd and McCarthy’s exits.
— Rosie (@Rosie) February 27, 2014
It’s doubtful CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker feels too rosy about O’Donnell: back in 2010, she said Zucker—who was President of NBC Entertainment at the time—should be ashamed of himself (along with Jay Leno) for not handing over the “Tonight Show” reins more readily to then-”Late Show” host Conan O’Brien.
O’Donnell was in serious talks with MSNBC in 2007 to host a show there.
- ABC’s Cecilia Vega, reporting on the overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, told her own personal story about her father Raul. “He was a heroin addict before I was born. He was a heroin addict when I was a child. And ultimately, it got the best of him.”
- Rosie O’Donnell returns to “The View,” tomorrow. The episode, which has already been taped, includes a declaration even Rosie thought she would never make, teases ABC. Rosie left “The View” in 2007.
CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” is following in the footsteps of its predecessor “Larry King Live,” and having guest-hosts for all of next week while Morgan is in London filming “Life Stories.”
Among those filling in for Morgan: Wolf Blitzer, Glee’s Jane Lynch, Ad exec and NBC regular Donny Deutsch, Rosie O’Donnell and Arsenio Hall. Blitzer will anchor a politically-focused show on Tuesday, with the other hosts covering a wide swath of topics, from entertainment to politics. Blitzer previously filled in for Morgan the evening that Steve Jobs passed away, though the show has never gone a full week with guest-hosts.
“Piers Morgan Tonight” has been tweaking its format recently, including a new segment called ‘Only in America,” where Morgan gives his take on the news of the day.
The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.
Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.
“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.
Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”
Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.
(Photos: Chris Ariens)
“Just before the show I felt uneasy because I kept thinking of two words — HIGH DEF,” Kotb tells TVNewser. “Then after we got rolling, it became liberating. We felt free! (It was either the no-make-up or the cocktails, not sure which.)”
But the pair weren’t the only two going make-up-free. Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Bobbie Thomas, Sara Haines, and Maria Menunos joined them. After that, Kotb said, “We felt empowered.”
The idea was sparked by remarks Rosie O’Donnell had made recently about surgery she thought Kathie Lee had done. O’Donnell also appeared on the broadcast make-up-less, via skype.
“I feel relieved,” Kathie Lee told us after the broadcast. “Relieved that people received in the spirit in which we did it.”
Kotb says they’ve received a lot of great feedback, though Gifford may have her doubts: “The reaction has been all positive but, then again, I don’t know what anyone’s saying behind my back!”
“So glad we did it…and so glad we are NOT doing it tomorrow!” Kotb says.
Here’s the video:
In solidarity with Kathie Lee and Hoda, TVNewser editors Kevin Allocca and Alex Weprin have allowed themselves to be photographed at the mediabistro offices with no makeup today (Photo here.)
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