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Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View” this September for a most unexpected second act, The Associated Press reports.

ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O’Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years, and ABC didn’t renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season.

The roundtable has generally had five hosts, including Walters, throughout its history. This season there are four.

O’Donnell, the veteran comedian whose daytime talk show was wildly popular in the 1990s, spent a combative eight months on “The View,” ending in 2007. She frequently made news, 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, O’Donnell asked to be let out of her contract.

Hasselbeck is gone now, having left “The View” to join Fox News Channel.

O’Donnell briefly hosted a talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, but it drew little interest. She came back as a guest on “The View” in February, a sign that relations had thawed.

ABC would not comment Thursday on O’Donnell’s return, other than its tweet. O’Donnell’s spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, didn’t immediately return messages for comment.

O’Donnell was moderator of “The View” during her eight months, which meant she generally guided conversations on the show. Goldberg has assumed that role and is expected to keep it.

The Rock and Roll of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert this fall, the AP reports.

The Rock Hall announced Thursday that surviving member Don Everly will appear at the Oct. 25 event at PlayhouseSquare’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 work as the musical director for the concert, which will take place during the Rock Hall’s 19th annual “Music Masters” series. Performers will be announced at a later date.

The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he’s doing it his own way, the AP reports.

Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download but only through his own website. His new album is expected later this year.

The 52-year-old country artist remains one of music’s top-selling artists, with 134 million albums sold, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. He has said in the past that he had no animosity toward Apple but disagreed with its approach to selling music.

Other performers who refused to join iTunes but later reached deals include AC/DC, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin. ITunes was launched in 2001.

“So, we’ll be doing our digital the best way we can, the only way we know how, because we are the only ones who kind of play our own way,” Brooks said at a press conference in Nashville.

He also announced a new deal with the Sony Music label, which will put out an album of his first new music since 2001. Brooks said it would likely be issued sometime around Black Friday. He said more details on a world tour will be coming soon.

Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on “Orange Is the New Black,” started her Thursday off with the news of a lifetime – she received her first Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series.

"I'm [feeling] pretty awesome," Cox tells People. "I don't feel coherent. I'm just like a giddy, effervescent creature of the universe who is blessed and highly favored."

After going online to confirm the news with her own eyes, "I jumped up and down and then cried," she says, still fighting back tears. "My agent of seven years, Paul, was the first person to call me. I'd auditioned for other agents in the past who all told me, 'I can't do anything with you, you're trans, I don't think you'll be able to get work.' But Paul saw something in me and took a chance."

A chance that has now turned into a history-making Emmy nomination. "I'm aware that I'm the first openly trans woman to be nominated for an acting Emmy," says Cox, an outspoken advocate for the transgender community.

"I'm just really proud of who I am. I love myself today – and I don't every day. It's something I have to work at. My career and my life changed when I started accepting and embracing myself more. I hope this inspires my other black, trans folks to pursue their dreams, too."

It’s a girl!

Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney welcomed their first child together, daughter Jane, on Thursday, in California, their rep confirms to People.

“Congratulations to my beautiful and very tough wife Molly on delivering our baby girl this morning,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, 46, announced via Twitter. “Thanks for all your kind baby wishes — turns out, not ALL tweets are mean!”

Added the new mom, 36, jokingly: “Kids, don’t do drugs. Until you have a baby. Then do ALL OF THEM.”

The couple, who chose not to find out the sex of the baby prior to delivery, announced the pregnancy in February.

“Molly is doing great!” their rep tells People.

Kimmel and “Live!” head writer McNearney started dating in 2009, got engaged while on safari in Africa in 2012, and married last July.

The talk-show host has two children – son Kevin, 20, and daughter Katie, 22 – from his previous marriage.

 


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