In a move that likely surprised few fans of “The Views,” the talk show announced it was officially bringing back Rosie O’Donnell via its verified Twitter account.
— The View (@theviewtv) July 10, 2014
The announcement comes after weeks of speculation that the show was going to bring back O’Donnell, who memorably left back in 2007 after just one season.
After O’Donnell’s first time in the hot seat, ABC said in a statement that it was unable to agree on a contract to bring her back for a second season. O'Donnell, in her own statement, said "my needs for the future just didn't dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me."
"They wanted me three years, I wanted one year and it just didn't work,” she said then. “I'm not sad – I loved it here."
As FOX411 first reported, ABC did not renew Jenny McCarthy’s contract for a second season. The network also confirmed that Sherri Shepherd will not be coming back after seven years on the show. Barbara Walters, the show’s founder, retired from television last month.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who was a co-host on “The View” for 10 years before she joined “Fox & Friends,” called rumors that Rosie O’Donnell had inked a deal to return to the ABC talk show “not surprising.”
“I do believe this has been in the works for a long, long time,” Hasselbeck said on Wednesday.
She speculated there may be tension between Goldberg and O’Donnell on the set.
“Anybody who is going to be in that seat… will have to be fully approved by Rosie,” Hasselbeck said. “Whoopi is not going to let anybody control her… She is the leader on that show. I am going to be very interested to see how that goes.”