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With double the Rosies (O’Donnell and Perez), things came up very rosy for The View. The long-running daytime chatfest netted its best season premiere ratings in eight years, drawing 3.9 million total viewers.

Coincidentally enough, it was the best since the first time Rosie O’Donnell joined the show in 2006. It was up 15% in the 18-49 age group over last year’s launch, and up 20% with women 25-54.

It appears all the changes (new panelists Nicole Wallace and Perez, new executive producer, new studio and new set) are working. At least so far, it is. Question is, will it continue?

I missed the season premiere, but caught the second episode. While I enjoyed it for the most part, it was awkward at times. The chemistry among the women isn’t there just yet. Understandable given their short time together. It’ll be interesting to see how long O’Donnell plays nice with the other ladies, especially with the Republican. Any wagers?

If you missed the premiere, check out the segment below where the ladies introduce themselves. If you’ve sampled the new View, are you liking the new changes? Be sure to weigh in below.

watch the ladies introduce themselves after the jump

The View Confirms New Panelists For Season 18

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At long last, the new View is coming into focus. When ABC addressed Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy’s departures back in July, the network stated they would be moving in ‘an exciting new direction next season.’ They weren’t kidding.

First, word came that Rosie O’Donnell booked a return ticket to the panel after her infamous one-year stint. With less than two weeks before the talk show’s Season 18 premiere on September 15, producers have finally revealed the other two panelists sitting alongside O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg.

“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said Bill Wolff, the show’s new executive producer, who joined last month from MSNBC.

Producers are doubling down on ‘Rosie.’ Former Fly Girl choreographer Rosie Perez who has previously served as a guest co-host has secured a more permanent seat. Two Rosies on the panel!!! Things are about to get a little spicy. While most of the media attention focused on who’d fill the conservative seat on the panel, the Academy-nominated Fearless actress flew below everyone’s radar. I’m a fan so I approve of Perez’s appointment.

“I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join ‘The View’,” says Perez in a statement

check out the other new panelist after the jump

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Though not confirmed by ABC yet, everyone’s talking about Rosie O’Donnell’s return to The View. Naturally, her former co-host and often combatant Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a few words to say about the situation.

Not even a stay-cation could prevent Hasselbeck from chiming in. She called into Fox & Friends‘ Wednesday’s show from home. Not surprisingly, she didn’t have too many positive words about Rosie’s comeback. She even suspects that this has been in the works for some time now, stating Barbara Walters’ farewell episode was more like O’Donnell’s “hello show.” Listen to her thoughts below, along with what Rosie told her during Walters farewell show.

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Is Rosie O’Donnell Heading Back To The View?

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Ever since it was revealed Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd weren’t returning for Season 18 of The View, speculation has ran rampant on possible replacements for the departing co-hosts.

One rumored candidate is none other than Rosie O’Donnell. Given that she left after a highly-publicized bout with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, it’s surprising she’d even entertain coming back. I guess after a failed talk show on OWN, Mama needs a way to pay the bills.

According to TMZ, O’Donnell has signed on the dotted line. Their sources also reveal an official announcement by the network is coming soon. Can you imagine Rosie and Whoopi Goldberg on the same panel? This should be good.

see who else producers are on the search for after the jump

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During the show’s holiday hiatus word leaked that both Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd weren’t returning to Season 18 of The View. On Monday, both co-hosts addressed their upcoming departures.

In true McCarthy fashion, she made light of the situation and played a joke with the audience. She led by saying their exits were “not true,” which lead to an impromptu applause from the audience. After coming clean, Jenny said, “after much consideration, I’ve taken a new job, that will allow me to do what I do best, which is talk without having to interrupt anyone.” She didn’t reveal the new gig, but there are rumors it might compete with the long-running chatfest.

Shepherd, on the other hand, was far more emotional. She revealed she’s known she wasn’t returning since Spring but remained silent to not take away from Barbara Walters’ retirement celebration. Before breaking down in tears, Sherri quoted The Bible and even snuck in a Bill Clinton hooker joke about her exit. Watch the video below.

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The View Cleans House For Season 18

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Prepare yourself for a completely different ‘view’ this September. With Barbara Walters now retired, the long-running daytime chat fest is receiving a whole new look for Season 18.

Since rival The Talk is improving in ratings, producers are looking to shake things up for The View. After seven years, Sherri Shepherd is also stepping down. Joining her is Jenny McCarthy who served on the panel for just one year. That leaves Whoopi Goldberg as the sole person standing. Whether that remains or not, we’ll find out soon enough. Rumors have it that producers are looking to add a male co-host or two. Check out both Sherri and Jenny’s statement below.

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When did Oprah Winfrey become the official designate to officiate grand farewells? Earlier this year, she headlined a random star-studded line-up to bid adieu to Jay Leno. Today she popped up on The View to say goodbye to her idol Barbara Walters for the legendary journalist’s last day on the ABC daytime chatfest. If you thought yesterday’s show featuring every View co-host was epic, wait til you see this.

Winfrey wasn’t the only one inspired by Walters’ trailblazing career. Practically every notable female reporter on television today echoes that sentiment. Among the women who showed up to pay tribute to Barbara were Diane Sawyer, Connie Chung, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Jane Pauley and countless others. Listing them all off would take too much time. As Walters stated herself, these women are her legacy. Well said. Check out the touching moment below.

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THIS.IS.GOING.TO.BE.EPIC!!! Every woman ever to co-host The View will appear together on screen for the first time ever to bid adieu to their mentor Barbara Walters. For all those keeping count, that’s 11 women. This massive reunion will occur on May 15, the day before her final telecast.

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