ABC on Thursday confirmed that Rosie O'Donnell will be returning to The View as co-host.

“It's official!” The View's twitter account messaged. “ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18.”

Animosity remains between O'Donnell and former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who quickly criticized O'Donnell's return.

“Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and, really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there – coming back with a bunch of control, ready to regain a seat at The View table,” Hasselbeck said on Fox News.

Appearing on CNN, Joy Behar, another former co-host, defended O'Donnell.

“I thought that was really kind of below the belt – to say that she spits in the face of the military,” Behar said. “I'd like Elisabeth to explain herself, really. What does she mean by that?”

Since leaving in 2007, O'Donnell has married Michelle Rounds and the couple welcomed daughter Dakota Rosie O'Donnell last year.