R OSIE O'DONNELL will return to "The View" this September to team with Whoopi Goldberg and other gabbers yet to be announced.
Rosie spent a combative eight months on "The View," ending in 2007, feuding with the likes of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch, and the show's ratings went up. But after a nasty on-air argument with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie asked out of her contract.
Elisabeth is now a co-host of "Fox and Friends," on Fox News, and she was highly critical of ABC bringing Rosie back, basically calling her anti-military. (Rosie's son attends the Citadel.)
Then former "View" co-host Joy Behar criticized Elisabeth's criticism, Trump played both sides, complimenting and criticizing Rosie and, gee-whiz, all that talking over one another sounded like "The View."
ABC hasn't commented on who is under consideration to join Whoopi and Rosie. Guest hosts, however, are often a signal of people trying out for the job. Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain who has her own show on the Pivot network, will be a guest host next week. Abby Huntsman, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, has been a guest in the past. So has lawyer Sunny Hostin.
Former Alaska Gov. and Fox News personality Sarah Palin has expressed interest in a job at "The View," but there is no indication that she is being considered.
Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd will remain with the show until the week of Aug. 11, when it goes on summer hiatus. Rosie will join with the start of a new season on Sept. 15.
* Wake up little Susie, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is going to honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert on Oct. 25.
The Rock Hall announced yesterday that surviving member Don Everly will appear at the event, at Playhouse Square's State Theatre, in Cleveland.
Phil Everly died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease earlier this year. His older brother said in a statement that he wishes "Phil were here to share this honor." Don Everly also thanked the Rock Hall and the duo's fans "for keeping the Everly Brothers alive."
Singer Rodney Crowell will be the musical director for the concert.
The Everlys were inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
* Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the former CBS anchor's disputed report about President George W. Bush's National Guard service during the Vietnam War.
Mythology Entertainment says that the film is titled "Truth" (an ironic title for a company called Mythology) and will be adapted from the memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power, by former CBS producer Mary Mapes. The production company says Cate Blanchett is signed on to play Mapes.
"Truth" will be written and directed by James Vanderbilt (writer of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "White House Down").
* Following a series of incidents (groping, disorderly content, rudeness), New York's City Council is considering legislation to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square.
The bill would require that the costumed performers be licensed and go through a background check.
This seems fraught with potential troubles.
* At the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, so many jazz enthusiasts want to be buried near the graves of such greats as Miles Davis and Duke Ellington that the cemetery is developing new plots to meet the demand.
The cemetery is building about 2,275 new burial plots between the grave of Latin music star Celia Cruz and "Jazz Corner," the area where musicians Davis, Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Illinois Jacquet are buried.
The 400-acre cemetery (about half the size of Central Park) is also the final resting place of such notables as journalist Joseph Pulitzer, women's-rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton and composer Irving Berlin.
"With the history of the Bronx and everybody that is planning ahead, we have a lot of requests to be close to Miles Davis and Celia Cruz," cemetery executive director David Ison said.
Because you haven't heard taps until you've heard Miles Davis play taps.
- Daily News wire services
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