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OTRC: Rosie O'Donnell to return to 'The View' as a guest

Rosie O'Donnell on the Red Carpet at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on April 14, 2012. (DAVE PROCTOR/startraksphoto.com)

Rosie O'Donnell is headed back to "The View" as a guest.

Barbara Walters announced on the daytime talk show on Monday, Jan. 27, that O'Donnell is set to appear on Feb. 7. It will be the first time O'Donnell will appear on "The View" since she left the show in 2007.

"I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years," Barbara Walters said on "The View" on Monday. "I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show's successful history."

O'Donnell joined "The View" in September 2006 as a replacement for Meredith Vieira. She started her run on the show's 10th season as the co-host and moderator. She often clashed with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left the show in July 2013 and joined "Fox & Friends" as a co-host.

O'Donnell currently appears on the ABC Family series "The Fosters," a family drama about a lesbian couple and their foster children.

O'Donnell isn't the first controversial former "View" co-host to return to the show after a high-profile exit. Star Jones appeared on the program in 2012, over five years after she left the show following a falling out with Walters because she announced her exit from the show two days before the network had planned to announce it to viewers.

"We were trying to protect you," Walters said at the time. "Instead, you surprised us on the air."

"It was ugly," Jones replied. "Everything around was ugly. It was bad, emotional time. Nasty things were being said in the media. I made the decision that I wanted to go out on my own terms."

Walters announced in May 2013 that she will retire from television in the summer of 2014.

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