According to TMZ, Rosie O’Donnell has made a deal to rejoin the cast of daytime talker The View when it begins its 18th season.
The move comes in the aftermath of hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy announcing their departures from the show on Monday.
O’Donnell had been in “active negotiations” to return to the show where she proved to be an outspoken member of the group, sometimes putting her at odds with the grande dame of the desk, Barbara Walters. But she exited in May, leaving only Whoopi Goldberg as the lone familiar face to viewers who have followed the show through the long-term.
The producers are expected to make the announcement on O’Donnell’s return in the next few days.
With O’Donnell rejoining the desk, that still leaves two more spots to fill. Sources close to the show’s producers say they are actively looking to replace the departing Shepherd and McCarthy with more diversity. Specifically, a Latina and a Conservative. There are a few names that are already rumored to be circulating, among them Abby Huntsman, daughter of former Utah governor and 2012 Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Huntsman is currently one of the hosts on MSNBC’s The Cycle, a mid-day political roundtable program. Reports say she is interested in the gig, but it would take a substantial offer to get her to leave the cable channel.
Another name being floated around is Margaret Hoover, who was a Fox News contributor from 2008-2012 on The O’Reilly Factor, a frequent recurring guest on the show Real Time with Bill Maher and she even took her turn as a previous guest host on The View.
As for a Latina host, there are no current frontrunners, though according to TMZ, newscaster Lauren Sanchez was once heavily considered for the job but she ultimately lost the spot to Lisa Ling.