Rosie O'Donnell Joining 'View'

Associated Press
Friday, April 28, 2006

NEW YORK, April 27 -- Rosie O'Donnell is making a surprise return to daytime television by taking over exiting Meredith Vieira's slot on the ABC talk show "The View."

The newsmagazine "Extra" reported the move Thursday, and it was confirmed by a person close to the show who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because "The View" wanted to make the announcement on today's show.

ABC officials declined to comment on the report.

Dubbed "the Queen of Nice" when her syndicated talk show went on the air in 1996 and became an instant hit, O'Donnell won six Daytime Emmy Awards in six years as best talk-show host. She left the show to help raise four children with her partner, Kelli O'Donnell.

Vieira is leaving the show, which was created by Barbara Walters, to replace Katie Couric on NBC's "Today" show. She will begin work there in September.

Joy Behar and Star Jones Reynolds are also members of "The View's" round table, along with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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