ABC’s The View, which underwent an off-season makeover, debuted its 18th season on Monday by welcoming back former co-host Rosie O’Donnell, and introducing new co-hosts Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
It was all sweetness and light as the new team, plus holdover Whoopi Goldberg, stressed unity—though O’Donnell may have given Wallace the proverbial kiss of death—when she emphasized how much she likes Wallace even though she is a Republican.
Wallace: I’m a Republican, we should get that out of the way.
O’Donnell: And I really like her. I swear to God. I really like her, I do. Not kidding. It’s all real this year. Everything’s true. If we say it, it’s true. I actually love her.
O’Donnell, who was booted from the show after a fiery on-air fight with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the Iraq war, returned with a new lovey-dovey attitude. But in the case of Wallace, it will only reinforce the notion that she’s not a true conservative—if O’Donnell likes her so much—and they will probably agree more than disagree this year.
ABC had a chance to show that they were at least nominally interested in having some political balance on the show, but instead went the safe route and found someone more palatable to O’Donnell, thus ensuring that liberals are firmly in control of The View.