Comedian Rosie O'Donnell will return to ABC's "The View," joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg, the network confirmed Thursday, ABC reports.
O'Donnell joins the daytime talk show just weeks after co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd were abrputly fired. Barbara Walters, a founding co-host, left in May upon announcing her retirement.
This will be O'Donnell's second stint on "The View".
Last time she used her perch to offer up conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. She questioned the official explanation for the destruction of the World Trade Center, The New York Times reported at the time.
On March 29, 2007, O'Donnell said on the show: "I do believe it is the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Tower Seven, building seven, which collapsed in on itself."
Popular Mechanics and other scientific sources soon shredded her views.
Loyal Fan Base
But O'Donnell has her fans. BuzzFeed's Kate Arthur writes that "Rosie O'Donnell returning to 'The View'is the best development for daytime television since Rosie O'Donnell's short run on 'The View' in the 2006 - "2007 season."
"O'Donnell is politically inflamed, funny, angry, does not care what the audience thinks, and, whether you agree with her or not, her combustible style is riveting. There has never been a talk show like 'The View' when O'Donnell was on. Personal and political disagreements spilled onto the air regularly and increasingly - most saliently and uncomfortably with her boss, Barbara Walters, and with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck - until O'Donnell quit the show."
"Since her departure, 'The View' has steadily sunk in ratings, and is finally rebooting with a new slate (except for Whoopi Goldberg, who will continue as the show's moderator). After leaving the series, O'Donnell remarried, tried to have a solo talk show on OWN (it was a disaster), survived a heart attack, and has been an active social media presence."