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O’Donnell returning to ‘View’

Rosie O’Donnell is back on “The View” for a most unexpected second act.

ABC said Thursday that O’Donnell will return to the daytime chatfest, whose couch is nearly empty with the on-air retirement of show creator Barbara Walters and impending departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.

O’Donnell, the veteran comedian and daytime host, spent a combative eight months on “The View,” ending in 2007. She feuded with since-departed conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

O’Donnell came back as a guest on “The View” earlier this year, a sign that relations had thawed.

Loggins opens and closes

It’s not every musician who gets to book himself as an opening act.

Kenny Loggins would be the exception.

Along with a full set of his greatest hits when Loggins performs, he does an opening set with Blue Sky Riders, the country-rock trio he’s been working with since 2011.

The band – a collaboration with songwriter Gary Burr and singer Georgia Middleman – released its debut album last year.

Playing as your own opener can be tricky, Loggins says.

“Initially, it was a little challenging, because the audience didn’t know what the hell I was doing,” Loggins says.

“I just kind of go where my heart tells me to go, musically,” Loggins says. “God willing, you hang in long enough, and people will catch on.”

Bieber reaches plea deal

After pleading no contest Wednesday to throwing eggs at his former neighbor’s home in Calabasas, Calif., Justin Bieber is “glad to get this matter resolved and behind him,” a representative said.

Under a plea deal reached with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, the pop star pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism in the incident and was ordered to pay $80,900 in restitution.

Authorities said the damage totaled $20,000, which could have qualified him for a felony.

Bieber, who did not appear in court, also was ordered to serve two years’ probation, complete a 12-week anger-management program and five days of community service and stay away from his former neighbor, Jeffrey Schwartz.

Brooks gives in to digital

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

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.

“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 news conference in Nashville.

Brooks entered semi-retirement in 2001 near the height of his popularity to be with his three daughters and his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

– From News wire services