Skip to comments.O'Donnell to Replace Vieira on 'The View' - "The Queen of Nice"
Posted on 04/27/2006 6:41:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
NEW YORK - Rosie O'Donnell is expected to make a surprise return to daytime television by taking over exiting Meredith Vieira's slot on the talk show "The View."
O'Donnell's appointment was reported Thursday by the newsmagazine "Extra." It was confirmed by a person close to the show who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because "The View" wanted to make the announcement on Friday's show.
ABC officials declined comment on the report on Thursday.
Dubbed "The Queen of Nice" when her syndicated talk show went on the air in 1996 and became an instant hit, O'Donnell won six Daytime Emmy Awards in six years as best talk-show host. She left the show to help raise four children with her partner, Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell.
It's an important appointment for "The View," which was created by Barbara Walters. Vieira's news background helped make her the solid center of the program on the days Walters didn't appear on air.
But Vieira joined the game of musical anchor chairs that began when Katie Couric chose to move to the "CBS Evening News." NBC quickly named Vieira as her replacement on the "Today" show, where she will begin work in September.
Joy Behar and Star Jones Reynolds, who have been bickering at each other lately, are also members of "The View" round-table, along with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. They're nominated together in the best talk-show host category at Friday's Daytime Emmy Awards.
"I think every agent in America is calling," Walters told The Associated Press shortly after Vieira's departure was announced on April 6.
O'Donnell has acted in a variety of movie, TV and stage shows, including the films "A League of Their Own" and "Sleepless in Seattle," and "Grease" on Broadway.
She should have no problem holding her own with the other ladies on "The View." Since leaving daytime television, O'Donnell has become a strong advocate of gay and lesbian marriage and adoption. With her partner, she operates a cruise line for gay and lesbian families that was recently featured in an HBO movie.
This photo supplied by CNN shows Rosie O'Donnell discussing her life and career during a taping of the 'Larry King Live' CNN cable television talk show in New York in a Thursday, November 17, 2005 photo. Rosie O'Donnell is expected to make a surprise return to daytime television by taking over exiting Meredith Vieira's slot on the talk show 'The View.'.(AP Photo/Lorenzo Bevilaqua,CNN, file)
Iron workers are busy reinforcing the stage as we speak...
Yet another reason to avoid that show.
Hey, Fuddie...what does hubby think?
Don't know... I'm not sure he knows - or at least not before he left around 5:30pm today. I'm tempted to say he's better off now at "Nightline" but that show isn't thrilling me either.
Yeah, a big, fat, stupid, ugly lezzie will bring them in by the barrelful!
I would have been very upset if I were your husband, when they added that Michael Jackson interviewer...as a co-co-host...Martin Bershear(sp)??
He's pretty careful to not trash the talent, even to me. I am serious!
Why would she leave her own successful show to do that show? Makes no sense. She's jealous of Ellen's show and her ability to land Portia De Rossi.