Rosie O'Donnell rejoining 'The View'; Elisabeth Hasselbeck not happy

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The deal is done! Seven years after the end of her first, tumultuous stint on "The View," Rosie O'Donnell is reclaiming her spot at the table, ABC announced via Twitter on Thursday.

"It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18," the network tweeted, along with a photo of the talk show vet.

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Rumors about O'Donnell's return to the show have been swirling for several days. Earlier this week, Us Weekly confirmed that the comedian, 52, was in "serious talks" to rejoin the ABC series in a leading role. A source told Us on Tuesday, July 8, that she was "very close to signing."

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    Rosie O'Donnell hugs her fiancee Michelle Round at The New Group's "Women Behind Bars" Reading at Acorn Theatre on May 7, 2012 in New York.

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    Blake O'Donnell, Parker O'Donnell, Vivi O'Donnell, executive producer Rosie O'Donnell, Kelli O'Donnell, and Chelsea O'Donnell attend the HBO documentary screening of "A Family is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration" at the HBO Theater on Jan. 19, 2010 in New York.

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    O'Donnell helped unveil the Foster Care Mentoring Act of 2009 on May 6 of that year on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bill sponsors Senator Mary Landrieu and Rep. Joe Crowley listened to her remarks.

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    A longtime Broadway supporter, O'Donnell teamed up with Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin and General Manager for Madame Tussauds Janine DiGioacchino on the 13th Annual Kids' Night On Broadway at Madame Tussauds New York on Feb. 3, 2009.

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    O'Donnell took to the stage in the NBC special "Rosie Live!" in 2008, appearing with Liza Minnelli, among others.

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    O'Donnell joined the ladies of "The View" (including Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck) as a co-host in 2006 (here, she helps interview Jessica Simpson, center) but decided to leave the show the following year.

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    O'Donnell stars opposite Julian McMahon in a 2006 episode of "Nip/Tuck." She played the rich, headstrong Dawn Budge until 2008.

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    O'Donnell, with Janiya Joseph, 2, opens the Children's Plaza and Family Center in Baker, La. The Head Start center is for people living in Federal Emergency Managment Agency trailers who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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    Producers and then-spouses Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell attend the premiere of "All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise" at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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    Andie MacDowell plays a woman who must care for her developmentally disabled sister (O'Donnell) in the 2005 Hallmark TV movie "Riding the Bus With My Sister," which is based on a true story.

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    O'Donnell and her former spouse Kelli Carpenter are parents to four children, including adopted son Parker Jaren, shown here in 2008.

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    O'Donnell and longtime partner Kelli Carpenter married in 2004 in San Francisco once same-sex marriages were permitted. O'Donnell announced her wedding plans two days after President Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. They split in 2007.

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    O'Donnell won six Emmys between 1997-2001 for her hosting prowess on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

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    O'Donnell drums as a member of "Seussical," a 2001 musical celebration of Dr. Seuss.

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    Madonna and O'Donnell excercise on an epsiode of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," on March 13, 1998.

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    O'Donnell and Rick Moranis play Betty and Barney Rubble in 1994's "The Flintstones."

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    O'Donnell and Dan Aykroyd play undercover cops at a hedonistic resort in 1994's "Exit to Eden."

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    O'Donnell stars with Tom Hanks in 1992's "A League of Their Own," a movie about women's professional baseball during World War II.

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    The 1980s sitcom "Gimme a Break" was a launching pad for O'Donnell, posing here between Matthew Lawrence, left, and brother Joey. It also starred Nell Carter, back left, Paul Sand and Telma Hopkins.

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    O'Donnell began exploring her interest in comedy in high school, but she got her first big break after appearing on "Star Search" when she was 22 years old.

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Fans and former costars had mixed reactions to the reports. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, for one — who famously clashed with O'Donnell during her first tenure on "The View" — told her co-hosts on "Fox & Friends" that the news had "ruined her vacation."

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"Here in comes to 'The View' the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of our own network, and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there, coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at the 'View' table," Hasselbeck said of O'Donnell, who ended her contract early because of an on-air fight with the conservative 'Survivor' alum.

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Former 'View' co-host Joy Behar fired back, telling CNN that Hasselbeck's comments were "below the belt" and untrue. "Isn't it kind of a nasty thing to say about somebody who basically is a good person?" Behar said on July 9. "To say that she spits in the face of the military, that's a dangerous thing to say about somebody."

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O'Donnell, for her part, responded to Hasselbeck's rant with one word: a seemingly sarcastic "shocking."

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