The View hosts then and now – where are favorite and forgotten Barbara Walters, Rosie O'Donnell, Star Jones and more? | The Sun

BARBARA Walters had an idea for a show and plenty has changed since she debuted it as fans have seen everyone from the legendary anchor to Rosie O'Donnell on the panel.

According to the broadcast icon, she was interested in bringing together "different women with different points of view."


That was how The View opened each episode when it premiered 25 years ago.

Barbara appeared as a regular host until her retirement in 2014.

The longtime TV star passed away on December 30, 2022 at the age of 93.

Meanwhile, the ABC daytime talk show previously started a revolving door of co-hosts.

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Some have come and gone under their own accord. Others were unceremoniously shown the door by producers.

Alyssa Farrah Griffin joined the talk table as Meghan McCain's full-time replacement.

Alyssa, 33, was the White House Director of Strategic Communications during President Trump's term.

She joined Sara Haines, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin, as well as Ana Navarro on weekday mornings.

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Alyssa has already guest hosted, and taken part in various heated discussions on the show.

She joins a long list of these famous alumna.

MEREDITH VIEIRA

Meredith Vieira served as The View’s table moderator from its premiere in 1997 until 2006, when she left to co-host NBC'S Today, replacing Katie Couric.

She currently hosts the game show 25 Words or Less. 

STAR JONES

Star Jones was another original host, appearing on the show from 1997 to 2006.

She left during a dispute about renewing her contract, later revealing that things got "ugly" behind the scenes.

 Star recently returned to daytime TV as a judge on Divorce Court.

DEBBIE MATENOPOULOS

Debbie Matenopoulos appeared on the show from 1997 to 1999 before being replaced by Lisa Ling.

After her dismissal, She claimed she was treated poorly on the show.

She has since worked for TV Guide Channel, E! and VH1.

ROSIE O'DONNELL

Rosie O'Donnell lasted just two memorable seasons on The View: from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2014 to 2015.

After her second departure, she returned to acting full-time.

SHERRI SHEPHERD

Actress Sherri Shepherd served as a co-host from 2007 to 2014, and made guest appearances in the years that followed.

She ultimately left during a contract dispute.

Sherri will soon host a new self-title talk show on Fox, replacing Wendy Williams.

ELISABETH HASSELBECK

The former Survivor contestant survived for nearly a decade on The View.

However, she was fired in 2013 as the show tried to become less political.

Elisabeth joined Fox News before retiring in 2015.

JENNY MCCARTHY

Former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy joined the show from 2013 to 2014. During an April 2014 episode, she announced her engagement to now-husband Donnie Wahlberg.

Jenny has been a judge on The Masked Singer since 2019.

NICOLE WALLACE

Nicolle Wallace joined The View for one season, co-hosting from 2014 to 2015.

She later claimed she was fired for "not arguing enough."

After leaving, Nicole joined NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE

Candace Cameron Bure joined the show briefly in 2015, before leaving a year later to spend more time with her family in Los Angeles.

Her time served was not fun, ad she later revealed that as a lone conservative on the panel, she would cry in her dressing room almost every day, and feel 'sick to her stomach' during her time hosting.

She recently announced plans to move from Hallmark to GAC Media.

MEGHAN MCCAIN

Meghan McCain joined The View on Oct. 9, 2017.

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The former Fox News contributor and daughter of the late U.S. Senator John McCain joined the show on October 9, 2017.

She left the show in 2021, moving to Washington D.C. with her husband and daughter.

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