Rosie O'Donnell will return to "The View," according to TMZ.

Sources connected with the negotiations told the website the deal is done and an announcement will come "shortly."

Didn't they already try this once?

TMZ said the negotiations heated up over the weekend and the deal was completed by the end of business Monday.

O'Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg, who is the only survivor from the previous panel, after Barbara Walters retired and ABC canned Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy last month.

TMZ reports ABC is looking for a Latina and a conservative to fill the last two chairs. Two conservatives supposedly being considered are Abby Huntsman and Margaret Hoover.

Rosie O’Donnell and Barbara Walters of ABC-TV’s "The View" embrace in this handout photo supplied by the network April 25, 2007 in
Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters of ABC-TV's "The View" embrace in this handout photo supplied by the network April 25, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images)

They should hire Britney Spears. I'd stop working every day to watch that.

O'Donnell was on the show for one season, back in 2007. Perhaps ABC is hoping America forgot.

ABC declined E! News' request for comment regarding O'Donnell, saying, "'The View' will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively, but at this time, we have no announcement to make and we are weeks away from making any type of announcement about anything pertaining to the show."

Exciting is Britney Spears' middle name.

E! points out that ABC will meet with hundreds of reporters next Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills, which may be when we get an announcement.

O'Donnell bailed on the show a month before her contract expired in 2007, after having a heated argument with fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who later left the show and is now ensconced with her people over at "Fox & Friends."

"I didn't want to argue for a living," O'Donnell later said on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." "I didn't come back because the director and the producer did a split screen, and they had to prepare that in advance. I felt there was a setup egging me into that position."

Right. Who would expect television producers to set up and/or expect conflict on a talk show?

There have been rumors flying recently that Sarah Palin may join the panel. According to E!, the former governor of Alaska said, "It'd be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides."

It's not often one sees the word "objectively" in the same paragraph as "Sarah Palin."

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