Rosie O'Donnell Makes a Dig at Sherri Shepherd

by Jackie Willis 1:52 PM PDT, September 10, 2014
Playing Rosie O'Donnell Makes a Dig at Sherri Shepherd

Rosie O'Donnell hasn't even made her View debut yet and already she's calling out former co-hosts of the show.

The 52-year-old will return to the ABC talk show on Sept. 15 with a table of new ladies, but tells Variety that new faces aren't all that'll be different.

Insisting that she wants the show to be smarter, she makes a dig at Sherri Shepherd, a co-host that left The View this summer. "No one is going to think the Earth is flat," O'Donnell tells the trade publication, referring to a comment made by Shepherd. "When I was at home watching that, I thought I was going to have an aneurysm."

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What other changes are coming to the female-hosted program? Expect less celebrities. "The necessity for celebrity in daytime TV has diminished as access to celebrity has increased 100-fold."

O'Donnell couldn't get out of an interview without talking about her infamous past View feud with her former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. 

"Elisabeth would go into the dressing room with [executive producer Bill Geddie] and go over Republican talking points that are sent out every day, and then come out and recite what she had ingested,” she recalls. "I tried to get her to talk more about her own self and how she felt rather than being a robotic pundit."

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Don't expect the same O'Donnell you had hosting The View in 2007. "First of all, I was going through a divorce," she says of that time. "That was a very emotionally and tumultuous time in my life. Now I'm quite happily married."

How do you think O'Donnell will do back on The View?

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