Rosie O’Donnell Says The View Often Invites a Fifth Host to “Help”, Recalls First Awkward Meeting With Co-Host Nicolle Wallace

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Rosie O'Donnell said that The View producers sometimes invite a fifth host to "help" the show -- watch the video ABC/Lou Rocco

Bad sign? Rosie O'Donnell joked (but not really) that producers of The View often invite a fifth person to guest host the daytime talk show and balance out the polarizing panel.

"It's the four of us and occasionally they have a fifth person to see if that would help," O'Donnell said during David Letterman's Late Show on Thursday, Dec. 18. "Sometimes it does! Sometimes it does."

The actress-comedienne, 52, rejoined the ABC show in September, joining Whoopi Goldberg and welcoming fellow newcomers, actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace. "The first time I lasted nine months," she teased. (Back in April 2007, O'Donnell left the program after her explosive split-screen brawl with alum co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.)

O'Donnell returned for a second round on a positive note, but hasn't steered clear of heated arguments. She debated about racism with Goldberg hours before her appearance on the Late Show, but made no mention of it to Letterman. As for her other colleagues? She nearly escaped an awkward conversation with noted conservative Wallace when they first spoke.

"I asked her the first day if it was her idea to do the fly over [during Hurricane] Katrina, and I don't know if that was the best way to open conversation with her," O'Donnell joked, referring to Wallace's former role as communications chief during the George W. Bush administration.

"Luckily she was on her wedding and she had nothing to do with that so we actually get along very well," O'Donnell added. "That would have been her call but she was getting married in Greece."

Watch the rest of the interview above now.

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