DeVito Joins Ladies on 'View' Premiere

DeVito's last appearance on the show caused controversy when he appeared drunk.

Aug. 28, 2007 — -- "The View" is coming back with a bang, boasting not only a new co-host but also a buzz-worthy guest.

A spokesperson for the ABC daytime talk show confirmed today that Danny DeVito will be on the show for its Sept. 4 season 11 premiere. That's also the day comedian Whoopi Goldberg begins her reign as the show's moderator, joining fellow co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

DeVito's last appearance on "The View" caused controversy when he appeared to be inebriated and admitted he had been swilling limoncellos with George Clooney the previous night.

The actor, who was on the show Nov. 29, 2006, to promote his movie "Deck the Halls," admitted he had been partying with Clooney the night before and had not slept.

"I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me," DeVito said on "The View."

The 62-year-old actor also looked tired and frazzled. He occasionally slurred his speech, some of which was bleeped by the show's producers.

Some of the talk surrounding DeVito's appearance focused on a long-winded anecdote he told about staying at the White House.

Seeming confused over whether he slept with his wife Rhea Perlman when he stayed in the Lincoln bedroom, DeVito said, "I don't know. Something happens when you go in that hallway. You start not recognizing women."

"No, it was Rhea," he continued. "We went in and we made it our business to really wreck the joint."

After allegedly calling Walters, "The View's" co-executive producer, to explain his behavior, DeVito turned the limoncello scandal into lemonade. He started his own line of the Italian lemon liquor in April, called Danny DeVito's Premium Limoncello.

"The View's" premiere week will also include appearances by Larry David, Clive Owen, Tim Gunn, Rachael Ray and Regis Philbin.