Friday’s episode then served as an audition of sorts for O’Donnell, who seemed to fit in nicely with co-hosts Sharon Osbourne, Eve and Sheryl Underwood as they discussed everything from panic attacks to Real Housewives star Kim Zolciak-Biermann to the upcoming CBS sitcom Happy Together.
O’Donnell’s most recent daytime gig was The View, where she served as a co-host in 2006 — a stint that was marked by feuds with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She left the show in 2007, then returned in 2014, only to exit again the following year in what she called a “personal decision.” (O’Donnell’s Talk appearance, fortunately, featured no such drama.)
Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who has been serving as a guest co-host since Chen’s exit, filled that role once again on Friday for an absent Sara Gilbert. She is also said to be a contender to replace Chen, which Chen herself suggested in her farewell message to the show: “In my opinion, you look awful good sitting in that chair, my Asian sister. I’m just saying.”
Former Talk co-host Aisha Tyler and Oscar winner Anjelica Huston will serve as guest co-hosts in upcoming episodes.
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