Rosie O'Donnell returned to "The View" Friday, receiving a standing ovation in her first time back since she left the show seven years ago.

According to E! News, the comic joined co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters on the couch, Asked how it felt to be back, O'Donnell admitted, "It feels kind of weird. It does. But good weird."

O'Donnell's early departure in 2007 came after months of on-air bickering with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. On Friday, O'Donnell joked "Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking."

No. She's over at "FOX and friends." And, funny enough, didn't feel like stopping by.

Rosie O’Donnell and "The View" co-host Barbara Walters and Rosie share a big hug in 2007 on the set in New York.
Rosie O'Donnell and "The View" co-host Barbara Walters and Rosie share a big hug in 2007 on the set in New York. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)

O'Donnell gave her former colleagues an update on her married life with Michelle Rounds and her five children's latest milestones. Asked what she does daily, she joked, "I watch 'The View.'"

The former talk show host said she "sometimes" misses being on a TV platform, but added she doesn't miss causing controversy. "People can be very mean online. They've never been mean in person."

Tell that to the producers of some of those "Real Housewives" shows.

And for old times' sake, the 51-year-old joined the panel of four co-hosts in discussing the day's hot topics.

  • About Dylan Farrow's assertion that Woody Allen sexually abused her as a child, O'Donnell said, "I totally believe her."


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  • On Justin Bieber, she said, "Here's the thing: fame is a tidal wave. It sweeps you away. I think that until you've experienced it, you have no concept of what it is. And to be 15 years and to be the most famous kid in the world, there's hardly any way to keep your head about the water."

  • On the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, O'Donnell said, "It's about time we stop shaming addicts and we understand that it's a disease, in the same way we would never yell at someone with cancer and say, 'Oh, my god! You have cancer! I can't believe you! You're so morally corrupt.' We shouldn't do that to drug addicts."

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