Rosie O'Donnell is returning to The View as co-host on Sept. 15, seven years after her controversial exit during season 10. But despite her drama-filled past on the show, the 52-year-old is looking to do things differently this time around.
"My goal is to come in peace. And the contrast between what the show will be and what it was is going to be glaring," she recently told Variety magazine. Though she insists the daytime program will still be "must-see TV," she's hoping to make the show smarter.
"No one is going to think the Earth is flat," she said, blatantly dissing former co-host Sherri Shepherd, who memorably said she didn't know whether the Earth was round or flat back in 2007. "When I was at home watching that, I thought I was going to have an aneurysm," Rosie admitted.
Although the comedienne is hoping for a friendlier feel, she confessed the auditions for Sherri and Jenny McCarthy's replacements was anything but.
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"It was very much like the Hunger Games, how they did it," she said of the process. According to Rosie, the candidates were "herded into a room" to participate in mock debates with both The Flintstones star and moderator Whoopi Goldberg, 58.
"I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test," Rosie shared. "I don't know if there's a way to test that. It felt very negative and competitive."
In the end, actress Rosie Perez and MSNBC analyst Nicolle Wallace were hired to round out the panel.
Head over to Variety.com to read Rosie's full interview with the mag.
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