‘The View’ turns 25. Here are 25 times the show gave us something to talk about
“The View” returned for its 25th season this month, with the co-hosts returning to the studio with a live audience for the first time since March 2020 due to the pandemic.
Less than a week after the start of the new season, “The View” had its most-watched television broadcast in five months and garnered its largest overall audience in ten weeks, a representative for the program told CNN. The show currently ranks first among viewers among talk shows and daytime network news programs, according to ABC.
Since Barbara Walters first launched “The View” in 1997, the panel has featured over 20 different hosts. Lively discussions, however, have been a constant.
Here are 25 memorable moments from “The View” as the program marks a quarter of a century of conversation.
1. The premieres of “The View”
In August 1997, “The View” premiered with four co-hosts, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, and Barbara Walters, who said she wanted to strike up a conversation with women of different age groups and backgrounds. different demographic groups.
2. Debbie Matenopoulos leaves
Matenopoulos had just graduated from college when asked to join the show and received mixed reviews for his lack of experience in television. “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View,” former executive producer Bill Geddie revealed of Matenopoulos, “The older people agreed with her. They thought she was an idiot, but it was funny. The younger ones didn’t see themselves in Debbie. “
3. The accidental over-sharing of Meredith Viera
In 2006, Meredith Vieira, who served as the panel’s moderator and wasn’t one to typically shock audiences, admitted on air that she didn’t like wearing underwear. She then explained her confession, telling USA Today, “One of the first crazy things I said was, ‘I don’t wear underwear. “I don’t even know what caused it. Where did it come from?”
4. Star Jones resigns
Jones, one of the show’s original co-hosts, announced that she was leaving the show in 2006 on the air. His co-hosts later said they didn’t know it was coming.
5. The split screen of Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck
O’Donnell and Hasselbeck often disagreed. In 2007, the two were discussing the Iraq war when their conversation got particularly heated. The split-screen debate that unfolded seemed more appropriate for a cable news program than a conversation over morning coffee.
6. The awkward exchange of Whoopi Goldberg and Kate Gosselin
In 2009, reality TV mom Kate Gosselin appeared on the show and opened up about a custody dispute with her ex-husband. Things got very uncomfortable after that.
7. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg are leaving
In 2010, Bill O’Reilly appeared on the show and discussed the aftermath of 9/11. After O’Reilly made a false statement about Muslims, Behar stood up and walked out. Goldberg joins her.
8. Rosie O’Donnell returns
Seven years after leaving, O’Donnell returned to the show in 2014, saying on air, “Wait, is Hasslebeck here?”
9. Whoopi Goldberg defends Mel Gibson
When an anti-Semitic rant on an arrest and sexist and racist voicemail messages to her ex-partner became public, Goldberg came to Mel Gibson’s defense in 2010, claiming at the time that she did not believe that ‘he was racist. Behar retaliated about the language he used, saying, “Well, that language certainly strikes me as racist.”
10. Whoopi and Mel, again
Joan Rivers was a guest on the show the same year and not afraid of controversy, she brought Gibson to Goldberg, who defended him. To which Rivers replied, “The Holocaust has arrived, now we are ready to go.”
11. The daring gesture of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd
In 2014, hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd tried to prove that they had no problem seeing naked bodies on TV. At the end of the show, they appeared on the panel topless, with black censor bars covering their chests.
12. Whoopi Goldberg proves she’s human
Everyone laughed after Goldberg’s hot mic picked up the sound of his passing gas. She stood up and laughed and once the others realized what had happened they were all in stitches too.
13. Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd leave
A month after Barbara Walters left the show in 2014, news broke that Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd would not be returning. In response to the announcement, McCarthy tweeted “If Sherri is going … I’m going too. #Sisters”
14. Donald Trump and Birtherism
Prior to becoming president, Donald Trump appeared on the show and was asked to ask President Barack Obama to provide his birth certificate to prove his US citizenship. Goldberg asked Trump: “It’s not because he’s black, is it?”
15. “No discrimination at all”
In 2015, host Candace Cameron Bure said “I don’t think it’s discrimination at all,” about a bakery fined $ 135,000 for refusing to bake a cake. marriage for a lesbian couple. Raven Symone didn’t have it.
16. “SNL” parodies of “The View”
Watch it for Kate McKinnon channeling Joy Behar.
17. Rosie Perez says goodbye in tears
After just one season, host Rosie Perez announced that she would be leaving the show. She became emotional, thanking fellow panelists Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace. “I want to thank you for your friendship, Nicolle, and your intelligence, your wit and your sunshine. Whoopi, thank you for everything – your advice, your professionalism and most of all your friendship.”
Wallace cried on the air as Goldberg tried to hold back tears.
18. Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain
In 2017, former Vice President Joe Biden consoled host Meghan McCain when she began to cry while discussing her father, Senator John McCain, battle with brain cancer.
Biden, who served with McCain in the Senate, moved to sit next to her and held her hand as she spoke.
19. “Have respect”
In a conversation in May this year, Behar and his co-host McCain got down to it.
“Don’t tell me what I’m supposed to say, Meghan, okay? You do your things, we do ours,” Behar said at one point.
“I’m well aware that we do separate things on this show, Joy. And I know you’ve been here for 25 years. I’ve been here for four years,” McCain shouted.
“That’s right!” said Béhar. “You should have a little respect for that once in a blue moon.”
20. “Girl, please stop talking”
After McCain interrupted another host while the panel debated, Goldberg told McCain, “Girl, please stop talking! Please stop talking now! “
McCain replied, “No problem. I won’t be talking about the rest of the show.”
To which Goldberg replied, “Well, I’m okay with that. I’m okay with that, if you behave like that.”
21. “I am famous”
In 2015, after model and actress Cara Delevingne looked a little tired in an interview on “Good Day Sacramento,” Goldberg told her to check it out.
Goldberg told Delevingne she should be grateful for her opportunities.
“She’s not a famous actress. She’s a newbie. I’m famous,” Goldberg said on air, adding, “It’s not easy, but we are privileged for what we do. We’re so lucky. If you’re supposed to do that, you’ve got to find a way to suck it up. You don’t have to be shitty to people – they’re doing their job too. “
22. Joy has a pandemic camera failure at home.
At the start of the pandemic, “The View” had found a way to broadcast the hosts live from their homes. Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin were all in their separate homes when Behar admitted her husband Steve Janowitz was working on the camera. As Behar weighed down on a subject, his arm lowered further and further in front of the camera, much to the delight of viewers at home. You could hear Behar say, “Steve, you’re in front of the camera, honey!”
Goldberg quickly laughed as he asked, “What’s going on with you, girl ?!”
23. Paper battle
When Goldberg and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro got into a political argument during an episode of “The View,” Goldberg ended the segment by tearing up the cards for her questions. She said to Pirro, “Say goodbye! Goodbye! I’m done.”
24. Meghan McCain announces that she is leaving the series
McCain, who represented the sole conservative voice for much of her time on “The View,” announced she was leaving the program over the summer.
25. Barbara Walters says goodbye to “The View”
“The good news is that I will have time now to get some Botox,” Walters joked when leaving the show in 2014, adding that she was available for “supermarket openings.”
“Who knows what the future holds,” she added.
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