Barbara Walters and Rosie O'Donnell have confirmed that O'Donnell will join Walters's syndicated The View, replacing Meredith Vieira, who in turn is replacing Katie Couric on NBC's Today show. According to the New York Times, O'Donnell's one-year contract calls for her to become not only a co-host but also the talk show's moderator. In reporting the deal, the Times commented, "Just as Ms. Couric and Ms. Vieira are likely to make a profound impact on their new programs by virtue of their mere presence, so too is Ms. O'Donnell expected to alter the tone and chemistry of The View. .... Ms. Vieira is a veteran broadcast journalist who tends to deliver her views ... with a hammer sheathed in velvet. Ms. O'Donnell ... is more likely to wield a sledgehammer."




01/05/2006