ABC’s long-running talk show The View has been on for 25 seasons now. A brainchild of Barbara Walters, this talk show has changed a lot over the years, with interesting guests and hosts gracing the panel, including names like Rosie O’Donnell.
As described by the 92-year-old, she was fascinated by the idea of bringing together different women with different viewpoints. The View started with Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieria, and Debbie Matenopoulos. Incredibly, the series premiered 25 years ago under Barbara’s supervision until her retirement in 2014.
Alyssa Farrah Griffin Joins The View As A Political Advisor
Ever since then, the broadcast legend has been enjoying her life post-retirement. The ABC talk show she started has had an array of co-hosts gracing the show with their presence. Several of them have come and gone as per their liking, while others were abruptly fired from the show by the producers.
Amid this replacement cycle, the latest one is Meghan McCain’s full-time replacement, Alyssa Farrah Griffin. The political advisor has joined the show as the co-host.
The 33-year-old served as the Director of Strategic Communications at the White House under President Donald Trump’s term. As confirmed by The Sun, Alyssa’s debut met with a new rule change. Therefore, the in-audience isn’t allowed to boo or cheer for the new host.
That being said, let us take a look at some popular ladies that were a part of the talk show and where they are now.
Quick Rundown Of The View‘s Former Hosts
Star Jones appeared as one of the co-hosts between 1997 and 2006. However, she left the show, citing a dispute related to her contract renewal. In addition, she later revealed that the spat got ugly behind the scenes.
The 60-year-old recently returned to daytime TV with Divorce Court as a judge.
Before returning to her acting stint full-time, Rosie O’Donnell lasted two seasons on The View between 2006 and 2007.
She appeared again on the talk show between 2014 and 2015.
Former Survivor contestant, Elisabeth Hasselback, had a decade-long stint on the talk show as a host. However, in 2013, she was fired from the show as the makers tried to invest in less political subjects.
Before her retirement in 2015, she was also a part of the Fox News team.
Actor and Choreographer Rosie Perez’s term as a co-host on The View was short-lived. She made her debut on the show in 2014 for Season 18.
However, she left the show to pursue her acting career full-time. Following her exit, she went on to star in movies like Birds of Prey, The Flight Attendant, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Nicolle Wallace was a part of The View just for one season. She co-hosted from 2014 to 2015. Later on, she claimed that she was fired for not being argumentative enough as a host.
After she left the talk show, she joined MSNBC and NBC News, taking charge as a political analyst.
Lisa Ling’s stint as a co-host on The View lasted from 1999 to 2002 as a replacement for Debbie Matenopoulos. Even though her exit from the show seemed voluntary, sources revealed that she was fired citing low ratings.
The 48-year-old then went on to host National Geographic Explorer between 2003 and 2010 followed by her role as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Currently, she has signed a deal with HBO Max and shooting for a six-part documentary series titled Take Out.
Daughter of late U.S. Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain was a Fox News contributor before she joined The View on October 9, 2017.
However, in 2021, she moved to Washington D.C. with her daughter and husband.
Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Bure’s stint on the show as a host wasn’t as fun. She joined The View briefly in 2015, after which she left for Los Angeles to be with her family.
The star has recently announced her plans to shift from Hallmark to start her new position at GAC Media.
Apart from being a popular actor, singer, and songwriter, Raven-Symoné also had a short-lived stint as a co-host on The View from 2015 to 2016. Finally, the Disney star left the show to shoot for a That’s So Raven reboot.
Currently, she is working as a host and executive producer for her upcoming project titled What Not To Design.
Before joining The View from 2013 to 2014, Jenny McCarthy was a Playboy Playmate.
Currently, the former talk show host serves as a judge on The Masked Singer.
Before leaving the show, citing a contract dispute, actress Sherri Shepherd served as a co-host on The View from 2007 to 2014. She also made guest appearances frequently after.
Similarly, she is now slated to host her very own talk show replacing Wendy Williams post her retirement.
Debbie Matenopoulos was a part of The View between 1997 and 1999, after which she was replaced by Lisa Ling. After her firing, she alleged that the makers treated her poorly.
After that, the 47-year-old worked for E!, TV Guide Channel, and VH1. In addition, she was a host on Hallmark’s Home and Family from 2016 until it ended in 2019.
Finally, ever since The View premiered, Meredith Vieira has been a part of the moderator table until she left the show in 2006. She replaced Katie Couric on NBC’s Today show.
Currently, the 68-year-old hosts the popular game show 25 Words Or Less.
What do you think about these former hosts from The View? Finally, who has been your favorite host? Share your thoughts in the comments!