NEW YORK — Rosie O’Donnell is back on ‘‘The View’’ for a most unexpected second act.
ABC said Thursday that O’Donnell will return to the daytime chatfest, whose couch is nearly empty with the on-air retirement of show creator Barbara Walters and impending departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.
O’Donnell, the veteran comedian and daytime host, spent a combative eight months on ‘‘The View,’’ ending in 2007. She feuded with since-departed conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
O’Donnell came back as a guest on ‘‘The View’’ earlier this year, a sign that relations had thawed.