Rosie O'Donnell Returns to 'The View' For First Time Since 2007

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Monday, 10 Feb 2014 07:00 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Rosie O’Donnell was back as a guest on “The View” Friday, the first time since she was a co-host and had a somewhat hostile split from the show in 2007.

“It feels kinda weird, but good weird,” O’Donnell said as she joined show hosts Barbara Walters, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopie Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd on the show’s couch.

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O’Donnell’s one-season stint hosting the show — she left three weeks before the end of her contract — was a contentious one as she battled with the show’s conservative then-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. It was also rumored there was a little bit of trouble with Walters.

But Friday’s show went smoothly, with O’Donnell sharing her heart attack story, appropriate for the Go Red for Women educational efforts.

“I said to Michelle, do you think I’m having a heart attack? She googled it and said, ‘Well, you have eight out of the eight symptoms.’ I said, ‘What’s the chance really?’ And I did what most women do; I did not call 911.”

The peacefulness lasted even through the “Hot Topics” segment of the show, where O’Donnell traditionally disagreed vehemently with Hasselbeck.

As they started Hot Topics, O’Donnell asked, “Is Hasselback here? Just checking.”

The first discussion, too, put O’Donnell sharply opposed to Walters on the issue of Woody Allen and accusations from his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, that he sexually abused her when she was a young child.

Walters is a friend of Allen’s and spoke out last week in defense of her friend. But O’Donnell, who is friends with Allen’s ex-wife Mia Farrow, spoke up to take Farrow’s side.

“I totally believe her,” O’Donnell said adamantly of Dylan Farrow. “I am very good friends with Mia Farrow, like very close friends. If you read the custody decision by the prosecutor, you will understand that there was cause to prosecute but they thought that it would be too traumatic for a 7-year-old child.”

As they moved to the second issue, O’Donnell asked, “How did I do on that one? That one was tenacious. That could have been bad.”

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