Sara Haines is the new co-host of The View, joining Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris and Raven-Symoné, all of whom are returning next season. It marks one of the least dramatic season-to-season panelist sweep-outs of the past few seasons.

Jedediah Bila

ABC News’ Good Morning America pop news anchor Haines, and former CNN regular Sunny Hostin, were being focused-grouped as frequent guest hosts, and “front-runners” to join the panel.

Jedediah Bila and Hostin “will appear frequently throughout the season,” ABC News said in its announcement today. Bila joins the ABC News show “family” from Fox News, where she provided analysis of the 2016 presidential election for Outnumbered and The Five and appeared often in primetime.

Hostin, meanwhile, has no shortage of with ABC News; in addition to having appeared dozens of times on this daytime talk show, she appears often on GMA as senior legal correspondent for ABC News.

Additionally, ABC News announced it will air a The View primetime special on August 23, with show creator and EP Barbara Walters, as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary; the show launched in August of  1997.

This morning’s announcement is most noteworthy for the number of panelists returning to the show. But then, this year The View has inched up in the ratings, compared to last year, including 152K total viewers, and 6K women 25-54, and a smaller 1K women 18-49. i

The show’s Den Mom, Goldberg’s contract was coming up, and she and her reps had been negotiating a new one. Talks also were ongoing with relative newbies Raven-Symoné, Cameron-Bure and Faris, all of whom had been expected to return.

ABC had worked to get everything settled before the show started celebrating its 20th season the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Panelist Purge season on The View  began in June for what is becoming an annual rite of spring when producers and/or ABC News execs huddle and decide who will be the next season’s crop of Practically Perfect Panelists, replacing this season’s PPPs who, in turn, had replaced Previous Year’s PPPs. The View has had a somewhat bleak survival rate for its panelists.

In June, former panelist Michelle Collins entered the Instagram Stage of being let go from The View, becoming, as she noted, the newest member of the One Seasoner Club on a daytime show that is gaining a reputation as one of the riskier gigs for on-air talent. The Instagram Stage followed by one day the Releasing To the Media The Internal Memo Stage, which, 9 times out of 10, involves use of the word “bittersweet.”

But then, this year The View has inched up in the ratings, compared to last year, including 152K total viewers, and 6K women 25-54, and a smaller 1K women 18-49. i