She’ll be taking liberal Meredith Viera’s place on Barbara Walters’ “The View” on ABC. Because, you, there just aren’t enough mouthy liberal women on network television. Via NY Times:
Barbara Walters and Rosie O’Donnell told a live national television audience last night that Ms. O’Donnell would return to daytime television this September as a co-host of “The View” on ABC. In joining a cast that includes Ms. Walters, Star Jones Reynolds, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Ms. O’Donnell replaces Meredith Vieira, a co-host of “The View” since its inception in 1997, who is leaving to take Katie Couric’s place on “Today” on NBC.
After much media speculation in recent days, including reports on the entertainment television show “Extra” and in The New York Post, Ms. Walters and Ms. O’Donnell confirmed her new job during the broadcast of the “Daytime Emmy Awards” on ABC.
“I’m sorry to interrupt your big award, but I just read something on the Internet I wanted to talk to you about,” Ms. O’Donnell said to Ms. Walters at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, just after Ms. Walters had presented a lifetime achievement award to Carroll Spinney of “Sesame Street.”
Ms. Walters, an executive producer of “The View,” told the audience that she indeed wanted Ms. O’Donnell to join the show, five years after Ms. O’Donnell ended her own talk show.
As host of her own talk show for six years, and later as its producer as well, Ms. O’Donnell won a dozen Emmy awards. But her impending arrival alongside the wood table that is a centerpiece of “The View” raises the immediate question of how she will fare as a member of a very vocal, opinionated ensemble…