It's Official! Rosie O'Donnell Returning to The View for Season 18

Somebody give Elisabeth Hasselbeck a hug. Or a tranquilizer.

ABC confirmed via Twitter today that Rosie O’Donnell is returning as a co-host on The View for Season 18, joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg, as the daytime talker undergoes a summer facelift.

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ABC’s confirmation of O’Donnell’s return comes less than two weeks after word broke that both Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be parting ways with the chatfest — news that each of the ladies confirmed on Monday’s telecast.

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O’Donnell previously cohosted The View during its 2006-07 cycle. In 2011, she launched The Rosie Show on Orpah Winfrey’s OWN network, but it lasted less than a year.

On two occasions in 2014, O’Donnell returned to The View, first in February and more recently as part of a “reunion” of all the show’s hosts, as tribute to boss and departing panelist Barbara Walters.

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