The former co-host departed the female-centric talker under less-than-friendly circumstances. A contract dispute with ABC was front-and-center, and O’Donnell’s inability to get along with her colleagues — including the now-departed Elisabeth Hasselbeck — played out in front of millions.
O’Donnell ended up leaving “The View” about three weeks before her contract was up.
O’Donnell is currently guest-starring on ABC Family’s 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 “Fosters” debut on Jan. 20 helped the show to a series high in total viewers.
Of her one-time colleague’s return, host and executive producer Barbara Walters said, “I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. 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.”
“The View” features hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. It is produced by ABC and Walters’ Barwall Productions; Bill Geddie exec produces along with Walters. “The View” is directed by Mark Gentile.