Rosie O'Donnell Expected to Join the Gals of "The View"

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It looks like Rosie O'Donnell — the Broadway enthusiast and former talk-show host— will be returning to the small screen this fall.
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The Associated Press reports that O'Donnell will replace Meredith Vieira on the morning chat show "The View" when Vieira leaves the ABC program to replace Katie Couric on "The Today Show." O'Donnell will join co-hosts Joy Behar, Star Jones Reynolds, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and "View" creator Barbara Walters. ABC has not officially announced O'Donnell's hiring, although the news is expected to be announced on the April 28 broadcast of "The View."

O'Donnell hosted her own syndicated talk show for six years, earning six Daytime Emmy Awards for her program, which often trumpeted the Broadway stage and welcomed a host of Broadway performers.

"The View" airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 11 AM-noon ET; check local listings.

Rosie O'Donnell was most recently on Broadway in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof. The actress made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the 1994 revival of Grease!, and she played a limited engagement as the Cat in the Hat in the Ahrens-Flaherty musical Seussical. The performer also spent some time on the other side of the footlights as producer of the Broadway version of Boy George's Taboo. O'Donnell rose to fame as a stand-up comic before landing roles in such films as "A League of Their Own," "Sleepless in Seattle," "The Flintsones" and "Exit to Eden." Her Emmy-winning talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," ran from 1996 to 2001, and her more recent TV credits include appearances on "Will & Grace" and "Queer as Folk" as well as the made-for-television movie "Riding the Bus with My Sister." O'Donnell is married to Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell; the couple have four children. O'Donnell's autobiography is titled "Find Me."

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