Rosie O’Donnell back on ‘The View’

FILE - JULY 08: According to reports July 8, 2014 Rosie O'Donnell will be returning to ABC's "The View" as a co-host. HOLLYWOOD , CA - APRIL 28: Future co-hosts of "The View" Barbara Walters and Rosie O'Donnell pose in the press room at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on April 28, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Rosie O'Donnell (right) with Barbara Walters in 2008.

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.