Rosie O’Donnell is currently in “active negotiations” with “The View” to return to the show for season 18.
Rosie O’Donnell will fill one of the empty chairs left by Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who announced that they will not be returning for Season 18, while Barbara Walters retired in May, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the only remaining host.
Rosie O’Donnell previously co-hosted the ABC daytime talk show from 2006 to 2007 and has reportedly been in “active negotiations” with the network for days and supposedly reached an agreement Tuesday.
TMZ reported that Rosie’s people are discussing money and other terms with execs from the show.
An announcement could be made as early as tomorrow.
Previous reports indicated the show was also looking to bring on a Latina co-host as well as a conservative, with Abby Huntsman, Sarah Palin and Margaret Hoover’s names being tossed around.
The former Governor recently told the Hollywood Reporter, “I hear everyone recently got canned from ‘The View,’ maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.”
Palin added, “It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor, and common sense that I’m known for.”
ABC said in a statement, “The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively but 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.”
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