Rosie O’Donnell returned to The View today for the first time since her headline-grabbing bow-out in 20007. Outgoing Den Mom Barbara Walters explained at the top of the show that they decided it was the perfect time to have Rosie back: “Valentine’s time, heart — everything — to catch up.” Today also is designated as Nation Wear Red Day — it’s a plug for women’s health issues, heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., according to a study. The Ladies of The View are wearing red. Rosie had a major heart attack a couple years ago. Match made in heaven.
“It’s good to have you back on the couch,” Babs says as Rosie comes out onstage. “If feels kinda weird – but good weird,” Rosie says. “I have a red bra on for heart week” she adds. She shows us the bra. “You have your own heart trouble, Babs says, getting down to business. Rosie: “I certainly did – I had a major heart attack.”
They talk about that. They talk about Rosie’s wife’s cancer. They talk about Rosie’s youngest child, and her oldest. “I have known you for a long time, and there are things we disagree on,” Walters says. “One thing I never disagreed: You’ve been a wonderful mother.”
Babs invites Rosie to do the Hot Topics segment with them. “Don’t worry, I’ll be good,” Rosie whispers to Babs as they go to commercial. “I’m not worried,” Babs whispers back. “Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking!” Rosie snarks as Hot Topics gets underway. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie frequently got into verbal brawls on The View, during Hot Topics. We miss that. Hasselbeck’s gone from the show too; she’s now a host on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends.
Sherri Shepherd asks O’Donnell to weigh in on the Woody Allen story — the director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow recently wrote a blog post in which she detailed her accusations she was sexually abused by Allen when she was 7. “I totally believe her,” O’Donnell says, adding that she and Dylan’s adopted mom, Mia Farrow, are “very good friends.” “She’s the best mother I’ve ever seen…I firmly believe Mia, and I firmly believe Dylan,” Rosie says firmly.
Earlier this week, Walters defended Allen; she did so again today, saying, “I think he’s been a good father. So we’ll move on.”
“How did I do on that one?” O’Donnell asks the audience. Wild applause. “That one was tenacious,” O’Donnell says, patting herself on the back. “It could’ve been bad. … I could’ve said something even worse — but I was editing! It’s my first time back — I’m afraid I’ll be exiled.” Babs says Rosie will never be exiled. To recap: Rosie hasn’t been on the show since 2007.
They talk Justin Bieber, who’s been in trouble with the law hither and yon. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking a felony egg-throwing charge against the 19-year-old pop bad boy, who allegedly egged his neighbor’s house last month. Rosie is inclined to cut him some slack. “He’s a kid…fame is a tidal wave. Until you’ve experienced it you have no concept what it is, and to be 15-year-old and the most famous kid in the world — there’s hardly any way to keep your head above water,” she said of the now 19-year-old popster. Whoopie Goldberg, who replaces Rosie in the Moderator role on The View, is inclined to have Bieber “do a little time” over the incident. In the slammer. To make up for his lack of parental supervision.
They talk a while about Rosie’s comedy special about women’s heart disease for HBO that will be filmed the first week in April and “probalby air six months after that. They talk about Rosie’s guest-starring arc as a social worker on ABC Family’s The Fosters. Barbara jokingly asks Rosie what she does in her spare time. “I watch The View,” responds Rosie, a seasoned campaigners, without missing a beat.
“You’re coming back next week!” Shepherd raves.