Hasselbeck Returning to 'The View'

Rosie O'Donnell's right-wing rival back from maternity leave
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2008 6:46 AM CST
Hosts of the television show "The View," from left, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters and Joy Behar speak on stage at the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Friday, June 15, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Conservative TV co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck will return to "The View" on Monday after a two-month maternity leave—and she'll be bringing her new son, Taylor Thomas, with her. Hasselbeck infamously had it out on the air with liberal co-host Rosie O'Donnell over the war in Iraq shortly before the feisty comedian quit the show last year.

The program will mark Hasselbeck's return with a full hour of "Hot Topics," a segment when the anchors discuss current events. She's "never shy about expressing her view" so the segment will be "getting hotter—especially with the upcoming presidential election," vowed ABC. The show's other co-hosts are Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd. Hasselbeck is married to Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.