'The View' to Unite all 11 Co-Hosts For the First Time Ever
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
April 16, 2014
For the first time in television history, all 11 co-hosts of The View, past and present, will reunite on stage to celebrate Barbara Walters, the show's creator, ABC announced Wednesday.
The special event will air live on Thursday, May 15, a day before Walters' official last day on The View.
The co-hosts reuniting 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) and Jenny McCarthy (2013, Season 17–Present).
Last May, Walters officially announced that the show's 17th season would be her last. The View will commemorate Walters' final week with the special ABC: A Barbara Celebration, which will feature surprise guests and retrospectives of Walters' life, both on-screen and off.
The View first hit the airwaves in August of 1997, and originally featured Vieira, Jones, Behar and Matenopoulos. Since then it has become a bona fide pop culture phenomenon.
"Barbara Walters' status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable," Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. "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. We are grateful to her and recognize her enormous contribution to ABC Entertainment and the indelible mark she has left on television."