Rosie O’Donnell Finds a Republican She Actually Likes in Return to The View

The View aired its season premiere this morning, with returning host Rosie O’Donnell and new hosts Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace joining the brand-new set. And along with Whoopi Goldberg, they all kicked things off in a cold open where they literally kissed Barbara Walters‘s ring.

Goldberg wasted no time showing off the new studio and welcoming O’Donnell back to the show after seven years. O’Donnell caught the audience up with what’s been going on in her personal life since then.

They then gave the floor over to Perez and Wallace to introduce themselves. Perez talked about a Broadway show she’s working on and her philanthropic efforts, while Wallace got to share her background in politics and the Bush administration. When Wallace mentioned she was a Republican, O’Donnell piped up, “I really like her, I swear to God!” (A not-so-veiled shot at Elisabeth Hasselbeck?)

Goldberg also used the season premiere to boast about how The View is the daytime show that everyone else is trying to copy.

You can watch the first few minutes of the new View here, via ABC:

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