The View Returns With Barefoot Rosie O’Donnell and A Republican She “Really Likes” — See RECAP and VIDEO!
“The View” had its highly-anticipated season 18 premiere on Monday, with a new panel consisting of returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg, former co-host Rosie O’Donnell, and newbies Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
The episode kicked off with creator Barbara Walters giving each of the ladies her blessing as they kissed her hand, and she vowed this was a fresh start for the “best show on daytime television.”
Indeed, Goldberg welcomed everyone to a “newer ‘View,'” and pointed out that they are in a new (and smaller) studio, with a more intimate set.
She vowed that while the scenery may be different, what hasn’t changed is the show is still “great conversation with great women.”
“‘The View’ is the show that everyone has copied, but we’re the original,” Goldberg reminded viewers.
A shoeless O’Donnell — yes, you read that correctly — showed off her “pedicured” toes, explaining she was stretching as she sat on stage, and then shared what she’s been up to since her stint in 2006-2007 (marriage, baby, heart attack and major weight loss).
Perez spoke of the honor she feels sharing the table with her fellow co-hosts, and shared that activism has always been her passion, a focus she plans to bring to the show.
And Wallace, who worked for the Bush administration, said right off the bat, “I’m a Republican. We should get that out of the way.”
O’Donnell immediately quipped in reply, “And I really like her, I swear to god!”
After the first break, the panel tackled hot topics — Ray Rice domestic violence controversy, Adrian Peterson child abuse case, the recent losses of Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and more stars, and Hillary Clinton’s visit to Iowa.
O’Donnell and Perez went on to play “Ro or Ro” with an audience member, who had to guess which facts described which Rosie.
Wallace then got the spotlight as the panel asked her questions about working for Bush, as well as Sarah Palin and John McCain — and no barbs were traded.
At least not really bad ones.
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