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Buckle up, Rosie O'Donnell returns to 'The View' for a visit

No hard feelings. Barbara Walters, left, has invited Rosie O'Donnell to revisit her old stomping grounds on The View Feb. 7.

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No hard feelings. Barbara Walters, left, has invited Rosie O'Donnell to revisit her old stomping grounds on The View Feb. 7.

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DVR alrert! Rosie O'Donnell is coming back to The View, at least for a day. For some people she's akin to nails on a blackboard but she is ratings gold. Even if you don't like her, it's fun to watch the interplay. But don't discount that she also has a very solid base of fans who find her a refreshingly honest talker on daytime shows, calling BS on the obvious but also an astute observer of popular culture.

The show announced Monday that O'Donnell will be a guest on the daytime gabfest on Feb. 7 (that's the same day she had been booked at the Tampa Improv for a one-night appearance, but that's now canceled).  Her tenure as a panalist was notably stormy, most notably her epic fight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on May 23, 2007. The live, unedited fight started over the War in Iraq, but quickly escalated into other things. It felt like issues had been stewing behind the scenes for months and it was ugly and awkward, and we couldn't look away. Watch here:

O'Donnell said after leaving that she had experienced something like post-traumatic stress disorder, and show creator Barbara Walters said she resented the way O'Donnell dumped on the show.

So what brings these crazy kids back together? Walters said Monday that she has great affection for O'Donnell who is a part of the show's history.

"I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years,” Walters said.  “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.”

O’Donnell, who is currently guest-starring on  the series the Fosters, and rebuilding her standup act (including a stop at The Improv in Tampa on Feb. 7) said that “I learned that for me, if I can’t be the boss of a show, I shouldn’t be on the show." Hasselbeck left The View last year after 10 years and is now a co-host on Fox and Friends.

This is Walters' last season on the show.

 


This is Walters' last season on the show.

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