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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

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

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.

read both their statements after the jump

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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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The dawn of a new era for The View is here. Gone are Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar. Stepping in to join the three ring circus is blond funny lady Jenny McCarthy. ABC just released the first promo pics for the daytime talk show’s upcoming 17th season featuring its new addition. Judging by first impression, it appears she fits in just perfectly.

Already, she’s fooling around with Sherri Shepherd and poking fun at Barbara Walters. Why there isn’t a photo of Whoopi with Jenny is interesting? Are they already not getting along? Probably not the case, but it is interesting why a promo photo with just the two of them is missing. McCarthy makes her debut as an official host on September 9. Check out the promo photos below.

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Technically, the 30th anniversary of Cyndi Lauper’s iconic hit “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” isn’t until September 6th. That’s when the single was officially released thirty years ago. Fans of the pop classic decided to get a jump on things and film a lip dub, most likely to celebrate Lauper’s first Tony Award nomination for Kinky Boots. The musical’s signature boots prominently pop up in the homage as famous and not-so-famous individuals lip sync to the track.

A few of the notable people appearing in the video are Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelly Ripa, Katie Couric, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. In other words, pretty much any woman who’s had a daytime talk show. Other “girls” having fun include the cast of Kinky Boots, Chicago, Annie, The Lion King and other Broadway hits. The most surprising cameo is from RHONY’s Luann De Lesseps. How in the world did she snag a spot in the clip. Check out the video below.

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Who’s Leaving The View?

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I’m truly flabbergasted. I never expected this from this woman. Deadline.com is reporting that one of the ladies is leaving when her contract expires in August. When the site talked to this co-host, she revealed she was leaving to focus on other projects. ABC released a statement stating this woman was instrumental in the success of The View and said the following.

“We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.” – ABC

With Barbara Walters reportedly scaling back her involvement on the show, and this co-host leaving, the panel is definitely going to look quite differently when the ABC daytime talk show returns for a 17th season in September. Find out who’s leaving below.

find out who after the jump

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