ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O'Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years and ABC didn’t renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season.
The roundtable has generally had five hosts, including Walters, throughout its history. This season there are four.
O'Donnell, the veteran comedian whose daytime talk show was wildly popular in the 1990s, spent a combative eight months on “The View,” ending in 2007. She frequently made news, feuding with the likes of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch, and the show’s ratings went up. But after a nasty on-air argument with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, O'Donnell asked to be let out of her contract.
Hasselbeck is gone now, having left “The View” to join Fox News Channel.
ABC hasn’t commented on who is under consideration to join Goldberg and O'Donnell. Guest hosts, however, are often a signal of people trying out for the job. Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain who has her own show on the Pivot network, will be a guest host next week. Abby Huntsman, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, has been a guest in the past. Lawyer Sunny Hostin is scheduled for a future guest host role.