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Rosie O’Donnell Returns to "The View", February 7

Emmy® Award-winner Rosie O’Donnell returns to ABC’s “The View,” FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) it was announced today by executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. The appearance marks the first time O’Donnell will return to the talk show since moderating Season 10 (2006-2007).

In making the announcement, Ms. Walters said, “I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through 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.”

O’Donnell is currently guest-starring on ABC Family’s hit series, “The Fosters” as Rita Henricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system and is a mentor to a member of the Foster family. O’Donnell’s first appearance on January 20 helped “The Fosters” to garner a series high in total viewers.

“The View,” a live, one-hour daily talk show from ABC (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET), features hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. It’s the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. “The View,” broadcast in HDTV and produced in 2-channel stereo sound, is now available to watch online daily at 4:00 p.m., ET/1:00 p.m., PT on ABC.com. “The View” is produced by ABC and Ms. Walters’ Barwall Productions, with Ms. Walters serving as executive producer along with Bill Geddie, who also serves as executive producer for “The Barbara Walters Specials.” “The View” is directed by Mark Gentile. For breaking news and updated videos follow “The View” (@theviewtv) and hosts Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters), Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg), Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) and Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) on Twitter.™

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Joy Behar Is Leaving The View

Joy Behar is saying goodbye to The View after 16 1/2 years as co-host. Behar has informed ABC that she will not renew her contract when it ends this August.

“It seemed like the right time,” Behar tells Deadline.com of her departure.”You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’”

The 70-year-old hopes to work on other projects, but doesn’t plan to leave the talk show business for good. “There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup,” she says.

“I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breathe,” Behar added.

With Behar’s departure, Barbara Walters will be the only original host remaining. Current co-hosts include Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.