Rosie Asks Jessica Simpson to Take a Close View

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With a new album to promote - and a long-standing relationship with the new host - Jessica Simpson will appear on the first episode of The View with Rosie O'Donnel on September 5.

"Rosie herself reached out to Jessica," a source close to Simpson told People magazine.

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The pair have been friends - JUST friends, despite O'Donnell's sexual orientation, Jessica's single status and the insinuation by Oprah that all female pals must defend their relationships - since The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which aired from 1996-2002.

"When Jessica was just starting out, none of the big shows were interested in her, but Rosie took a chance on her and Jessica never forgot it," says the source.

It wasn't just a break that O'Donnell provided, but encouragement. Rumor has it that Rosie went backstage after a show and told Jessica, 'You're gonna be a star.'

The View appearance will just follow the release of Simpson's new album, A Public Affair, which hits stores only a week before, on Aug. 29.

For those who live under a rock or lost a bet and can only read Lindsay Lohan news, O'Donnell will be assuming Meredith Vieira's former chair on the ABC daytime gabfest, while Vieira becomes the new cohost of NBC's Today show, taking over for Katie Couric.

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Jessica Simpson Biography

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Abilene, Texas
Full Name
Jessica Ann Simpson

Jessica Simpson Quotes

They're just the cutest couple in the world. They are adorable. Anybody would wish to be them and you can only wish them well. Just being around them inspires love and everything I sing about.

Jessica Simpson [on her sister and Pete Wentz]

It’s fun to do a small film that might be released to DVD not because it’s a horrible film, but because it’s an independent film. For people to say Employee of the Month was a flop is ludicrous. We made the money back–that’s not a flop. For people to say The Dukes of Hazzard was a flop–it opened to $30 million! If these movies are flops, why would I still make them?

Jessica Simpson