barbara walters rosie odonnell getty the view Rosie O'Donnell returning to 'The View'“The View” executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie announced Monday (Jan. 27) that Rosie O’Donnell will be returning to the panel for the Friday, Feb. 7 show, which is O’Donnell’s first appearance since she left the program in 2007.

“I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program,” says Walters in a statement. “She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history.”

O’Donnell took over the moderator seat from Meredith Vieira in 2006 but only stayed one season on the long-running daytime talk show. O’Donnell’s time on “The View” was known for her feud with Donald Trump and frequent on-air disagreements with conservative panel member Elisabeth Hasselbeck. A particularly heated one happened just days before O’Donnell said she was leaving the show, three weeks before her contract was up.

When she left, O’Donnell said she’d return as a occasional correspondent, but this is the first time she has done so.

Hasselbeck left the program for Fox News back in July.

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