Rosie O'Donnell to return to ABC's 'The View' this week for the first time since heated departure

By Gina DiFalco,

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to ABC’s The View, but this time as a guest. It’s been no secret that the veteran actress didn’t leave her stint as co-host on the best of terms.

O’Donnell hasn’t returned to the panel since she left the show seven years ago, so they will surely have a lot to catch up on. She will appear on the show, now co-hosted by creator Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopie Goldberg, on Friday.

In a statement, Walters expressed her excitement that O’Donnell would returning to the program by saying “I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact throughout the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history,” Variety reports.

After O’Donnell left the show in 2007 following a heated political discussion with then-co host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on air, she wrote on her blog "I was really just like a foster kid for a year. We considered adoption, but I didn't really fit in with the family, and now it's time for the foster kid to go back home,” People reports.

She also said of her fight with Hasselbeck, “When I saw the split screen I knew it was over." Hasselbeck has since moved on to Fox & Friends.

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