Daytime talker The View will reunite all 11 of its co-hosts on Thursday, May 15 which is Barbara Walters‘ second-to-last day on the program. Walters, the show’s creator and EP, is ending her on-air run on the show May 16. (Babs will continue to be EP of The View along with executive producer Bill Geddie, her producing partner of more than 25 years.)
Pulling this off is no small feat, given the less-than-happy circumstances under which some of the co-hosts have left over the years. In addition to journalist Meredith Vieira, the list of returning co-hosts who will appear that Thursday includes lawyer Star Jones, comedian Joy Behar, television personality Debbie Matenopoulos, journalist Lisa Ling, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, and Fox News Channel host Elisabeth Hasselbeck — joining current co-hosts Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Walters. Walters, for instance, recently acknowledged Hasselbeck and Behar were pushed out, but insinuated it was done by ABC, in an effort to shake things up on the show. “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters told Variety. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.”
“Barbara Walters’ status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable,” said Paul Lee, who just signed his new contract to continue as president, ABC Entertainment. “By creating a talk show panel with multiple hosts she changed the daytime landscape with a concept that is now widely emulated. It’s a true testament to her legacy.”
When The View premiered in August, 1997, it was noteworthy in that it featured an all female panel, including women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds sharing various points of view and discussing the hottest topics of the day.
Those attending the penultimate episode with Walters on air include:
- Meredith Vieira (moderator, 1997–2006, Season 1–9)
- Star Jones (1997-2006, Season 1–9)
- Joy Behar (1997–2013, Season 1–16)
- Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998, Season 1-2)
- Lisa Ling (1999–2002, Season 2–6)
- Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003–2013, Season 7–16)
- Rosie O’Donnell (moderator, 2006–2007, Season 10)
- Whoopi Goldberg (moderator, 2007, Season 11–Present)
- Sherri Shepherd (2007, Season 11–Present)
- Jenny McCarthy (2013, Season 17–Present)
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