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When does ‘The View’ return for Season 23? And where did the co-hosts leave off?


“The View” co-host Meghan McCain thinks Gwyneth Paltrow’s part-time living setup with her husband Brad Falchuk is “rich people stuff.” USA TODAY


Get ready for Season 23 of “The View.”

ABC’s panel show – with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin and Abby Huntsman – returns Tuesday.

Huntsman, who exited “Fox & Friends” and joined “The View” last year, welcomed twins in early June. She’ll return for the season premiere.

Despite reports in July that McCain was considering moving on, she will join her co-hosts around the table for her third season on the show.

Let’s review where things left off.

Meghan McCain and Joy Behar battle

The verbal scuffles between McCain and Behar can get heated, with both having differing political views. In June, the self-described “sacrificial Republican” had enough. While discussing one of President Donald Trump’s rallies, she let a harsh word fly Behar’s way: “Don’t feel bad for me, (expletive), I’m paid to do this.”

Defending her choice of words, McCain said on the show that she and Behar refer to each other that way “all the time” and emphasized there was no bad blood despite the name-calling.

“… I just want everyone to stop being so precious about our relationship because it’s almost 2020, and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal,” she said. “And, I know this is a big shock, we get along backstage.”

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Is ‘The View’ is taking its toll?

Being on the panel isn’t always such a joy. In her squabble with Behar, McCain remarked her gig is “not a fun job for me every day.” However, ABC confirmed to USA TODAY in July that McCain was expected to return for Season 23.

McCain opened up about her daytime gig in an interview with Elle, acknowledging she gets “boos” from the talk show audience.

“My presence on the show has been, ‘Nobody’s going to bully me, nobody’s going to talk down to me, and nobody’s going to pull the kind of (expletive) that’s been pulled on a lot of people in this chair. And I will be vocal, and I will live in the moment, for better or worse,’ ” McCain said, though she sees room for improvement. “I should be better at being less reactive.”

Goldberg expressed to The New York Times in an interview that published in July that “The View” doesn’t fulfill her as an actress.

She did tell the Times she is is able to do a form of acting while on the show.

“In a way, I am playing a role,” she said. “These are not conversations that I’m having with my friends. If they were, we’d be doing it differently. My friends and I can talk about things in depth in a different way than you can on television.”

However, Goldberg said that she gets fulfillment in that she is doing “anything.”

“You can’t create a career,” she said. “It goes where it goes.”

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Whoopi Goldberg’s terrifying health scare

The comedian took a break from discussing Hot Topics to recover from pneumonia and sepsis, which struck earlier in the year. After being absent for several weeks, Goldberg gave viewers an update on her health in a recorded video on March 8.

Goldberg, 63, said the situation was very serious. “Yes, I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news: I didn’t.”

In May, Goldberg told USA TODAY she was doing “much, much better” and that prayers and well-wishes from fans did wonders for her.

“It got me back up on my feet. I’m so grateful for all the attention,” she said. “With pneumonia, you’re supposed to cut out as much stuff as you can. … I’m trying not to overdo everything, but of course that’s hard not to because I like working. It’s been interesting (with) making sure that I go to the doctor when I know I don’t feel good, which is something I didn’t do.”

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The hard-hitting ‘Ladies Who Punch’

As if Hot Topics and co-host conflict weren’t enough to deal with, a book filled with bombshells about behind-the-scenes drama dropped in April. “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,'” by Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh, created quite the commotion.

It reignited a feud between former co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who both worked on the program during its 2006-2007 season. In the book, O’Donnell spoke of wanting to mentor her co-host and harboring “a little bit of a crush” that was “in no way sexualized.” She also expressed her theory that “there are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren’t at least a little bit gay.”

Hasselbeck, who played softball in college, said as a guest on “The View” that it was “a lie” and “reckless” to ascribe sexuality to athleticism. “Just because you’re athletic doesn’t have anything to do with your sexual preference,” she said. “It just doesn’t.”

After the book published, O’Donnell described her sit-down with Setoodeh as her “biggest regret.”

Current co-hosts were also subjects in “Ladies Who Punch,” which includes O’Donnell’s belief that “the worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with (Goldberg).”

However, the “Ghost” actress said she “didn’t care about the book,” during a May appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.”

Goldberg explained she chose not to sit down with Setoodeh because she believes what happens on the job should remain private.

“That’s for me,” she added. “I don’t know about anybody else.”

‘Ladies Who Punch’: The wild revelations about the drama on ‘The View’

‘Ladies Who Punch’ author shares audio from the day Elisabeth Hasselbeck almost quit ‘The View’

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Georgia Slater and Anika Reed

Twenty-one years ago on Aug. 11, 1997, we were introduced to “The View.” A show, where intelligent women discussed their opinions, as well as asked celebrities and political figures the tough questions. Here, we take a look at all of the ladies who have tackled the sometimes-fiery, hot topics, beginning with the OG cast. ANDREW ECCLES/ABC, ABC Veteran journalist Barbara Walters, seen in 2014, created the series and served as co-host and executive producer. Robert Deutsch, USAT In March 2015, with her then co-hosts (left to right) Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Mario Cantone, she celebrated the show’s 4,000th episode. Lou Rocco, ABC Walters, with then-President Barack Obama in 2010, left her hosting chair in 2014. On her final show, several women in broadcasting paid their respects to the living legend, including Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric. SAUL LOEB, AFP/Getty Images Debbie Matenopoulos, second from right, called Walters her colleague for a brief period, as seen in a photo from the show’s premiere with (from left), Meredith Vieira, guest Tom Selleck, Joy Behar and Star Jones. STEVE FENN, ABC In her early 20s when she landed the gig, Matenopoulos appeared on the show’s first two seasons. Since her exit, she has appeared on the show as a guest co-host, as seen in this Nov. 2016 photo with, from left, Vieira, Jones and Behar. Lou Rocco , ABC Matenopoulos now serves as host for Hallmark’s “Home & Family” talk show. Gregg DeGuire, WireImage Star Jones, second from left with Vieira, Behar and Walters, is another member of the original cast. ED BAILEY, AP Jones with, from left Vieira, Bette Midler, Behar and then-co-host Lisa Ling, stunned her counterparts when she announced her exit in 2006 on air, after learning her contract would not be renewed. “I would have loved for Star to have left and not said ‘I was fired,’ and not make it look like the program was somehow being cruel to her,” Walters told The Associated Press shortly after the incident. ERIC LIEBOWITZ, CBS She now served as executive producer and writer on “Daytime Divas,” a VH1 series about five female cohorts hosting a show called “The Lunch Hour.” Paul Hawthorne, Getty Images Comedian Joy Behar, seen strapping in guest Tom Cruise to keep him from “couch jumping” as Jones looks on, has long brought laughs to the set. Steve Fenn, ABC Behar, with from left, Jones, Walters, Ling and Vieira at the 2001 Daytime Emmy Awards, briefly departed from the show in 2013. STUART RAMSON, Associated Press Behar resumed her co-hosting post that she currently holds in 2015. Donna Svennevik, AP Meredith Vieira (with Jones), who also served as moderator, rounds out the original cast. STEVE FENN, ABC Seen with model/actress Elle MacPherson, left, in 1997, Vieira brought a refreshing candor to the show until her exit in 2006. STEVE FENN, ABC Since she has co-hosted the “Today” show and hosted “The Meredith Vieira Show,” which premiered in 2014 and ran for two seasons. Todd Plitt, USA TODAY Ling, left with Walters, occupied the space once filled by Matenopoulos, beginning in 1999. MARIA MELIN, ABC In Halloween costume with her then-co-hosts, from left Vieira, Behar, Jones and Walters, Ling, right, represented youths on the panel and once had her bellybutton pierced on-air. IDA MAE ASTUTE, ABC Ling left the show in 2002 to host “National Geographic Explorer.” Her current show, “This Is Life with Lisa Ling” premiered in 2014. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images Ling was replaced by conservative “Survivor” castoff Elisabeth Hasselbeck, right with Walters. Eileen Blass, USA TODAY Hasselbeck’s views sometimes clashed with those of her co-host, Rosie O’Donnell (second from left, pictured with Walters and Behar). HEIDI GUTMAN, AP She left “The View” in 2013 for a gig with “Fox & Friends,” making her debut that fall. She exited the Fox News program in 2015 to be a full-time mom. Richard Drew, AP After Vieira vacated the moderator chair, Rosie O’Donnell was tapped to fill her shoes in 2006. She stayed for just one season. MARY ALTAFFER, AP O’Donnell, pictured in 2006 with Walters, Behar and Hasselbeck, rejoined the cast in 2014 but left again in 2015. That year, her spokeswoman Cindi Berger explained to People magazine, “She’s focused on her kids now.” MARY ALTAFFER, AP O’Donnell, pictured in New York in 2017, has continued appearing onscreen as an actress. Dia Dipasupil, Getty Images Following O’Donnell’s first exit, Whoopi Goldberg (pictured with Walters) was hired as “The View” moderator in 2007. STEVE FENN, AP The current co-host is pictured with, from left, Behar, guest actor Eddie Izzard, and co-host Sara Haines in June of 2017. Lorenzo Bevilaqua, ABC While fulfilling her hosting duties, Goldberg has continued to act, write and produce. She also directed the 2013 documentary “Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You.” ANGELA WEISS, AFP/Getty Images Also in 2007, Sherri Shepherd, second from right seen here with (from left) Goldberg, Walters, guest Tom Cruise, Behar and Hasselbeck, joined the women of “The View.” IDA MAE ASTUTE, AP After discussing hot topics for seven years, Shepherd (pictured with Walters) left the series In 2014. Robert Deutsch, USAT Shepherd seen in Atlanta in February 2017, recently played the role of Agent Beverly on “K.C. Undercover.” Paras Griffin, WireImage Comedian-actress Jenny McCarthy, far left, with Walters, O’Donnell, Shepherd and Goldberg, signed up to be a part of the cast in 2013. Lou Rocco, ABC During an April 2014 episode, Jenny McCarthy announced her engagement to now-husband Donnie Wahlberg. Heidi Gutman, AP McCarthy left “The View” later that year and currently hosts “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” on SiriusXM. Jeff Schear, Getty Images for SiriusXM Like McCarthy, Rosie Perez, second from right with, from left, Goldberg, then-co-host Nicolle Wallace, Taylor Swift and O’Donnell in 2014, also had a short tenure on the show. Lou Rocco, ABC Seen during an episode in 2015, Rosie Perez joined the all-female cast in 2014 and left the following year. Lou Rocco, ABC Perez, in New York in 2016, has since acted in “Search Party” and other roles. Jim Spellman, WireImage Wallace, far right, with Goldberg, Perez and O’Donnell, was also a “View” newbie the year Perez started. Yolanda Perez, ABC Like Perez, Wallace, seen with from left, Goldberg, D.L. Hughley, and her former co-host Michelle Collins, exited “The View” after one season. Lou Rocco, ABC Since 2017 she has hosted MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House.” Henry S. Dziekan III, WireImage Actress Raven-Symone, with Haines, took a position as a co-host in 2015. Lou Rocco, ABC Pictured with Sherri Shepherd in 2016, she announced she was leaving the program in Oct. of that year. Lou Rocco, ABC She resumed her ‘That’s So Raven’ character for 2017’s “Raven’s Home.” Bob D’Amico, Disney Channel Comedian Michelle Collins, with “Orange Is the New Black” actress Lea DeLaria, came aboard in 2015. Lou Rocco, ABC With Behar and director Quentin Tarantino during her inaugural year, Collins remained a co-host until the following summer. Lou Rocco, ABC She also co-hosted ABC’s “After Paradise,” the after show for “Bachelor in Paradise.” Richard Harbaugh, ABC In August of 2015, ABC announced actress Candace Cameron Bure (pictured) and “Good Morning America Weekend Edition” co-host Paula Faris would take a little time to join “The View.” Lou Rocco, ABC Celebrating her 40th Birthday on the show in April of 2016, Cameron Bure revealed her decision to exit that Dec. to devote more time to her family and acting obligations. Lou Rocco, ABC One of her acting gigs includes resuming her childhood role of D.J.Tanner for Netflix’s “Fuller House.” Michael Yarish/Netflix It was announced in July 2018 that Faris, who joined the show in 2015, would leave “The View”. Lorenzo Bevilaqua, ABC The Michigan native poses with guest co-host Caitlyn Jenner in July of 2017. Lorenzo Bevilaqua, ABC In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter Faris said crafting arguments for “The View” has made her “a better broadcaster.” “…I think I’m just more researched, I’m more read-in and I’m more ready for anything that comes my way,” she said. Heidi Gutman, ABC For the show’s 20th season, which premiered on Sept. 6, 2016, ABC News correspondent Sara Haines, with Raven-Symoné, joined the cast. Fred Lee, ABC Not afraid to get personal on the show, she shared pregnancy news on June 20, 2017, as Behar and co-host Jedediah Bila looked on. Paula Lobo, ABC ABC News announced in July 2018, Haines with Bila, would depart “The View” to co-host “GMA Day” with Michael Strahan. Lorenzo Bevilaqua, ABC Current co-host Sunny Hostin officially joined the talk show in its 20th season. Lorenzo Bevilaqua, ABC Hostin, with, from left, Goldberg, Chelsea Handler and Behar, also serves as ABC News’ senior legal correspondent. Jeff Neira , ABC According to her website, she has covered big legal cases including the George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony and Conrad Murray trials. Lorenzo Bevilaqua, ABC Bila also officially joined ‘The View’ in Season 20. Heidi Gutman , ABC The former Fox News contributor greeted actor Luke Perry when he surprised her for her birthday in Jan. of 2017. Lou Rocco , ABC Bila, seen with her colleague Haines, announced on Sept. 18, 2017, that she was leaving ‘The View.’ Lorenzo Bevilaqua, ABC Meghan McCain, seen in 2015, joined ‘The View’ on Oct. 9, 2017. Charley Gallay, Getty Images for W Hollywood McCain, the daughter of Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain seen at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2014, previously co-hosted Fox News’s ‘Outnumbered’. NICHOLAS KAMM, AFP/Getty Images Abby Huntsman joined “The View” as a co-host in the show’s 22nd season. Gustavo Caballero, Getty Images for Vivienne Tam Huntsman made her debut on Sept. 4, 2018, while co-host Meghan McCain was on leave following her father’s death. McCain returned the next month. Rob Kim, Getty Images for SiriusXM CNN commentator and Republican Strategist Ana Navarro also joined the cast in season 22 as a guest co-host to fill in for Goldberg on Fridays. She continued to act as Goldberg’s replacement in 2019 while the longtime moderator recovered from pneumonia. NBC NewsWire, NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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How Meghan McCain changed “The View,” and how “The View” changed politics on TV

It’s the show that changed daytime television, and after 22 years, “The View” is still the one that has everybody talking. But beyond gossipy headlines about backstage battles and on-air arguments, there’s a deeper story about how a diverse and unlikely group of women redefined how we talk about news and politics. “It’s a culturally important show,” says award-winning journalist Ramin Setoodeh. He joined us recently to talk about his buzzed about literary debut — “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View.'”

You spent three years of your life on this book. You interviewed over 150 people. You talked to almost every one of the hosts, current and past. What would make someone wade into this storm of crazy?


I’ve been a journalist for 15 years, and I’ve covered everything in the entertainment industry. I was at Newsweek for nine years, and I’ve been at Variety for six years. The one topic that consistently got the most traffic, that consistently got people interested and comments and links to Drudge and links to sites for red states and blue states, were stories about “The View,” because it touches on so many parts of our society.

It’s women in Hollywood, but it’s also Hollywood in politics. It’s feminism, and it’s the emergence of Donald Trump as a foe and enemy of Rosie O’Donnell, but also of women in general. There’s just so much about the show that’s culturally important that I started to see it as a book a few years ago.


When I tried to sell the book, I went to a lot of different publishers. We thought we had a really strong proposal, and a really smart proposal, and more than 20 publishing houses passed on this book. They didn’t see it, and they didn’t understand it. I wonder why that is. I also wonder if I have been selling a book about Jay Leno or David Letterman if there would have been more interest. Women read books and are very interested in “The View,” and so are men. It’s an important show.

We had Tina Brown in here and had very similar conversations about the way that women with power in the media are portrayed, and the way that they approach the news is portrayed. Things that are interesting to women, even when they’re news, are seen as lesser than, and that is an obstacle.

You start out this book with Barbara Walters. She’s in her sixties and she’s at the top of her game. She has this very unusual project. Tell me a little bit about the genesis of this, because it was so unprecedented.


Tina Fey tells a story about how when she was writing the spoofs for “SNL,” the men thought it was a fake show. They didn’t realize that there was an actual thing called “The View.”

In 1997, Barbara Walters had this idea for a show where she’d be talking to other women about the headlines of the day. She didn’t it want it to be a controversial show. She didn’t want it to be a scandalous show. She thought it would be a nice counterpart to “20/20” during the day, but the ABC News executives thought it would tarnish her reputation and would hurt her career.


They kicked it to the daytime team, and that’s how it got it produced. It was going to be during the day, but there was a chance that the news team could have taken it. They weren’t interested in it, which speaks to sexism in news because, this is Barbara Walters. She had to fight so hard to get the show started.

She’s broken every glass ceiling. She is doing “20/20” at the time. And that’s how devalued the idea of women talking about news was 22 years ago, and still is today.

The project gets launched. They do a big call for all different kinds of women, and then this magic happens at the table that they couldn’t recreate with any other combinations.


The first four co-hosts that they tested were Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Viera, and a college student named Debbie Matenopoulos, who was 22 and had never done television. They tried about 150 women, and they couldn’t recreate that magic with anyone else.

What was also interesting, looking back at the origins of show, was just how Barbara envisioned it and how it had to be changed. She wanted to be her talking about Syria and New York Times articles, and she was told by daytime executives that they need to think more like Daily Mail articles and sex and scandals and fun stories. She adjusted to that, and she agreed to that.

She didn’t want an audience originally when she launched a show. She thought it’d be in a small studio like “20/20,” and then they realized they needed an audience. Also originally when she launched, was only going to be on two days a week because she didn’t want to be too closely associated.


Joy Behar was her substitute, and in those initial test episodes, Joy was testing better than Barbara. The viewers liked Joy better because during the day humor is very important. Audiences didn’t know about Barbara’s sense of humor because because as a news anchor she couldn’t show her full dimensional sides.

She had to approach it as a Barbara Walters brand. This is a Barbara thing, but also keep the stakes low because if it crashed and burned, which was extremely likely at the time, she could pull out and it wouldn’t hurt her reputation.

Look how hard it is to do daytime even now. Megan Kelly tried and couldn’t do it. Katie Couric tried and couldn’t do it. Anderson Cooper tried and couldn’t do it. It’s a really fickle audience. Queen Latifah. Harry Connick, Jr. Fran Drescher. Rosanne Barr had a talk show.

One of the hardest things to do in entertainment is to launch a daytime talk show. Everyone wants to be Oprah. No one can. It’s a really difficult formula to get right. You have to be everyone’s best friend. You have to be empathetic. You have to interesting stories. So this novel conceit of having women sit around a table and talk about the headlines of the day could have lasted for two seconds.


One of the things that’s innovative about “The View” is it also really is is one of the first reality shows. It’s really a reality show. We come into this era of reality in the 2000s. You’ve got “Survivor,” you’ve got “The Bachelor,” you’ve got “Big Brother,” where it’s all confessional all the time. Before, all you really had was “The Real World.” What it really comes down to is that it’s about personalities, and it’s about the bickering, and it’s about the tension that very quickly emerges. This is one of the great innovations of this weird, beautiful, strange, important show — that it paved the way for what we watch at night.

One hundred percent. “The Real Housewives” could trace to “The View.” The fact that these are women that come together that start out as friends but then become frenemies, and then maybe not even frenemies but actual enemies, was a narrative that Barbara never anticipated but became part of the show, and also became something that fueled the show, especially in the later seasons.

And if you couldn’t do that, like Lisa Ling, and you wanted some privacy, it didn’t work, and you weren’t going to make it.

One of the things I uncovered in my reporting was that Lisa was actually fired from the show. We all thought as viewers Lisa wanted to move on and to do other kinds of reporting, but they felt that the numbers weren’t going up with Lisa at the table.


When they replaced Debbie Matenopoulos and brought in Lisa, it became a smarter show and viewers liked it. But then as we entered into the Bush years there was this need for more tension and more drama, and the executive producer, Bill Getty, came up with the idea to have a Republican at the table.

Also, if we want to talk about tension and drama, we’re talking about Star Jones.

I waited for a year to interview Star, and it was worth every single day. I wrote to her so many different times. She didn’t really want to go back and revisit “The View,” but I knew she was an important person to interview for this book because she was so hugely influential on the show.

She set the tone, and then she innovated. She really innovated the whole product placement in news in a way that we never saw before, and it really came down to her wedding.

She branded her wedding, and now when you see a home renovation sponsored by Lowes, thank you, Star Jones. You did that. Everything that the Kardashians have, really, thank you Star Jones.

Sponsored posts on Instagram. Star Jones is in a way responsible for all of that, and in book she defends that practice. She says now it’s the coolest thing in the world. There was all this tension when I was doing it because people didn’t know what it was. She went to ABC. She said she’s getting married. She said, it’s a story, the story of her wedding and she’s either doing it here, or going to do it on another show. And ABC didn’t want to lose out on this story, and allowed her to do it, and it hijacked “The View.” And it worked. She got Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to come to her wedding.

Star’s wedding was that it started this era of the dream celebrity wedding. The fact that you as a celebrity could see the story of your wedding. That you could be on the cover of a magazine with your wedding, and you could get money for that.

It used to be, here’s this beautiful wedding. Now it’s, here’s this beautiful wedding that I’m getting paid to sell.

It’s aspirational, and I don’t think celebrity weddings were aspirational in that way because Star saw her wedding as the equivalent to Princess Diana getting married. She envisioned it as a royal event in America.

There was a man and a beautiful woman. They were guests at this wedding, and they said, “Make me one of these exactly the same way.”

Here’s the story. I got it from Star Jones’s wedding planner, David Tutera, who actually hasn’t really talked about the wedding since it happened. Donald Trump and Melania come to the wedding. This is in November of 2004. They go to The Plaza. They see the ceremony. They love it. They think it’s the most beautiful thing, and their own wedding in Florida is only two months away, and they still hadn’t planned it.

They asked Star Jones’s wedding planner to come in to do the bid to show them what they want, because they want a carbon copy of the same thing. Then they took those plans, and went with someone who was cheaper, and Star Jones’s wedding planner is furious in the book about how they plagiarized his wedding plans. And it’s true because I looked, if you do a side by side. It’s a valid complaint, but I just love that Donald and Melania had no plans for their wedding two months before. Before Melania plagiarized Michelle Obama she plagiarized Star Jones.

Their history of plagiarism starts pretty early.

There are a lot of things we know or we think we know because we’ve watched them unfold on television — like Star quitting on the air, which turns out was very well orchestrated. All of the lead up and the aftermath, the fallout of what happened with Rosie and Elisabeth the day that they went to the split screen.

You really give context for these big, breakthrough moments. What is it among those things that we’ve watched as viewers that you feel the public got the narrative completely wrong?

The biggest surprises was that Rosie and Elisabeth were friends. Meredith Viera leaves the show. Barbara Walters asks Rosie O’Donnell to come in and essentially save “The View” because they needed a star to be at the table.

Rosie and Elisabeth were friendly on the show and liked each other, and as a viewers we never knew that. We thought that they were always enemies, they always hated each other. But that 10 minute fight that they had really was about a broke friendship.

It’s so interesting that they start by talking about the war in Iraq. And then they go to personal betrayals.

Then it’s like every family fight we’ve ever had at Thanksgiving, where it starts out about Iraq, and then it turns into Grandpa’s drinking.

You weren’t getting that on Oprah or on Regis and Kathy Lee. There was nowhere else on television where you would see the evolution of politics turn into something very personal.

That is very personal. It blows up the way it does because they care about each other. These are two women who have history.

And that’s the reality TV component, too, because it was real. Sometimes we watch reality TV, and we’re like, is it manufactured? Are there producers pulling the strings? Is this something that they’re pushing the contestants to do? But this was actually Rosie and Elisabeth speaking to each other as if the cameras weren’t there, and there weren’t 200 people in the audience terrified and horrified.

You would think it would be a career ender for Rosie, and would definitely be an end of Rosie and “The View,” but it is not.

It’s not. She left that season, but then once Barbara decides she wants to retire, ABC’s worried about the legacy and the future of the show, and they think the solution is to bring Rosie O’Donnell back.

Even though there have been HR complaints. Not just, “She was kind of erratic,” or “She was a big personality.” Behind the scenes, a lot of people were very unhappy with her work and with her demeanor and her interactions with them. You talk about some really mean things she said to people. Really just unbelievably inappropriate stuff that she did, and they bring her back.

It’s one thing to treat people that way when you’re the boss. She wasn’t even necessarily the boss when she was on “The View,” and that led to more friction because she was trying to take over Barbara Walters’s show. She leaves, and then she comes back, and she once again tries to take over the show. This time it’s a completely new team of ABC News executives, and Whoopi Goldberg as a moderator, and that leads to the worst season in the history of “The View.” It’s really really dramatic what happens with Rosie and Whoopi at the hot topics table.

Even with the cover of this book, the drama continues. This book, the cover is three women. And you’ve had feedback.

I have. Whoopi saw the cover on her Kindle a few months back, and she was very upset that she was shown on the cover with Rosie O’Donnell, which I found to be kind of humorous because I’m not inventing a scenario that didn’t exist. You were on the show for months with Rosie O’Donnell. It’s like I’m creating a situation that didn’t exist. They were on the same show together, but it got so ugly between the two of them Whoopi doesn’t even want to be seen in an illustration with Rosie.

I want to ask about this moment in the show’s history, because on the one hand it is innovative. It is important. I really value what the show has done, and what it has brought in terms of an audience very much of stay-at-home moms. It really respects their views and that women who have babies can pivot from the war in Iraq to Alicia Silverstone talking about veganism. That’s all real. But the way that the show gets described is “So and So has a hissy fit.” “So and So has a catfight.” The misogyny, the hatred of women, around this and the way that this show is used to justify that kind of sexism is disturbing to me, and I think disturbing to a lot of women. How do we reconcile that?

I agree with what you’re saying completely. Even in this book being published and articles written about this book, I feel like a lot of the press has been focused on the fights. This person versus this person, which is part of the show, but I think this is a much deeper book than just people fighting. It’s a book about this culturally important television show. I think in the same way, when Hillary Clinton ran for president, there was just endless press about her demeanor and the fact that as a woman she did this or she did that, or she acted like this, or she wore this.

“The View” is often written about in the same way as Hillary Clinton in that it doesn’t get a fair shake sometimes. There’s so much focus on the “catfights” and not enough focus on the substance, because the show is full of substance. The fact of women debating waterboarding on daytime television is something to celebrate, and it makes viewers smarter to watch the show. But also there’s just so much interest in the fighting.

I actually asked Tina Fey about that too because I think her parodies on “SNL” solidified the image of “The View” as this place where women had a lot of “relational aggression.” She thought it was funny that they were trying to pass themselves off as girlfriends, but they really weren’t.

I don’t know what the answer to that is, but I think it’s something that’s symptomatic of our society. When you see women written about in the press, it’s always different than men, and this show is one of the examples of that.

One of the great examples right now is the way Meghan McCain is written about and talked about. She has really become one of the most galvanizing figures on the show right now, in the way that she is talked about, and the way that she is looked at. What is it about Meghan that is so fascinating, polarizing, that she has become this lightning rod on the show?

Meghan is really the first true conservative that they’ve had since Elisabeth. They’ve had a number of Republicans, but they weren’t actually acting like Republicans on the show. They would go on the show, and they’d agree with the other co-hosts. Meghan really says what she believes on the show, and she sticks to her conservative ideals. I think now in this era that we’re in sometimes it touches a nerve, but it also makes for really good television. I think the formula of The View doesn’t work without Meghan on the show right now.

The viewership is up and has been up, and I think it’s a result of Meghan being on the show and actually saying what she believes and not just agreeing with the other co-hosts. She’s truthful about how she feels. This is a conservative who believes in what she says as a conservative.

The show’s been on for 22 years. There’s always been confusion and question about, can it survive, can it thrive? What happens when somebody important leaves? Is it now just an “SNL” where it can last as long as the brand is strong? Or do you get one wrong person, and maybe the time for “The View” is over?

I think that it’s relevant now because of the Trump presidency, and it’s relevant now because we are so obsessed and interested in what’s happening in this White House. Interestingly enough Barbara Walters talked about how what launched a show was Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, and these women talking about that on daytime TV in a really raw and honest way. I think the bookend to that is having women talk about Trump and Melania and impeachment and collusion with Russia, and every day there’s a new scandal for them to talk about.

My question as a viewer would be what happens when Trump isn’t re-elected, or what happens when Trump isn’t the President of the United States, and how will the show evolve. I think that will be the challenge for the executives in charge of the show, making sure the show continues to grow beyond Trump.

Speaking of, there was a question that Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Hillary Clinton in Hillary’s first conversation on “The View.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger had just been elected governor of California, and Elisabeth asked if we be worried about celebrities running for office. And Hillary, in a moment of terrible foreshadowing, said. “Oh, I don’t think so. It sort of depends on what these celebrities have to do if they’re elected.”

Updated throughout, videos added Whoopi Goldberg wouldn’t say his name, Sunny Hostin said he was lying, Abby Huntsman accused him of using “dictator” tactics. And Donald Trump Jr. gave it back, accusing Joy Behar of once wearing blackface (she didn’t, in the traditional use of the term regarding minstrelsy) and resurrected Goldberg’s defense of Roman Polanski as not committing “rape rape,” all in a 48-minute, high-decibel, cross-talking segment of possibly the most heated episode of The View since Rosie took on Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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Even a calm, conservative, non-Trumpian Meghan McCain could barely contain her anger over comments by President Donald Trump and son about Gold Star families and her late father Sen. John McCain, saying “You and your family have hurt a lot of people…including the Khan family. Does all of this make you feel good?”

Responded Trump, “I don’t think any of that makes me feel good, but I do think that we got into this because we wanted to do what’s right for America.”

Accompanied by girlfriend and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump quickly ignored McCain’s plea for “civility.” (Earlier in the show he said being a Trump was “not all peaches and cream.”)

When Behar brought up his father’s statements and mockery of “Mexican rapists,” the handicapped, the Access Hollywood genitalia grabbing scanda, and insisting that Americans “don’t want a country like that,” Trump launched into the blackface accusation and Polanski. (For the record, a 29-year-old Behar dressed as an African queen, using make-up to slightly darken her skin; she did not appear in traditional blackface). Behar vehemently denied that the cosmetics were “blackface.”

(After the show, RNC’s rapid response director Steve Guest tweeted the photo of Behar “wearing blackface.” As Goldberg said to Jr., “I know blackface when I see it and that was not blackface.”)

As Trump finished his comments on blackface and Polanski, a clearly angry Goldberg said, “I guess this is the fight you want” and “Are you questioning my character?” Trump said no, and then launched into how the media attacks his father’s character.

Taking up all but 10 minutes of the episode (a tribute to Walters was the opener), the segment began with Goldberg explaining that “this table” has welcomed thousands of guests with diverse points of view with the aim of engaging in “passionate, hopefully productive” conversation, and “with all that in mind, please welcome the son of the gentleman in the White House, DJT and Kimberly Guilfoyle.”

The conservative Huntsman got the conversation started, sounding really miffed over Trump Jr’s tweet yesterday outing the Impeachment Whistleblower. “The whole point in releasing a name is to intimidate someone, threaten someone, and to scare other people from coming out. That’s something dictators do. I’ve lived in China, I’ve seen it firsthand. That’s not what America does.”

Trump defended his action by saying the “reality” was that the name had already been disclosed by “a little website called The Drudge Report” and that he was just quoting the article. And besides, he pivoted, where was the outrage when his own family received an “exploding letter” filled with “white powder?” The media, he said, does not operate on a “level playing field” of outrage. And no, he said later about the outing, “I don’t regret doing it.”

And then he made a rather non sequitur pivot by saying that The View’s network ABC is “busy chasing down all of the Epstein stuff because those stories were killed.”

Then lots of mostly indecipherable crosstalk until Goldberg halted it, reminding everyone to stay on topic.

Trump immediately went back to the media’s “hypocrisy,” plugging that it was why he wrote the book.

The hypocrisy charge brought Huntsman back to the game, noting that Trump Jr. and his father were “fine” with the “cyber-terrorist” and “Russian puppet” Julian Assange blowing his own whistle.

Guilfoyle took that one: Impeachment has been a concerted effort since Trump took office.

Said Goldberg,”We are an opinion show, that’s what we do. What you seem to have done and feels very disingenuous because you can’t say I’m a private citizen and yet you are in the middle of all this.”

When Trump denied that outing a whistleblower is a crime, lawyer and co-host shot, “That’s a lie.”

What followed was a continued heated debate on such topics as dad’s Ukrainian phone call’s “transcript” (Jr’s word), quid pro quo, Hunter Biden and why Gordon Sondland revised his impeachment testimony with negative information about the president.

Said Behar, “He’s afraid of going to jail.” Said Trump, “He’s afraid of the vicious Left.”

Eventually Goldberg worked the conversation to Mitch McConnell’s pledge to make sure Obama was a “one-term president.”

“Part of being a president,” she said, “is having a pair so that he can take whatever come toward him.”

Said Trump, “My father’s got a pair.”

Eventually there was loud talk of emoluments, cancel culture, and nepotism, with Jr. acknowledging that, yes, “I’m the son of a rich guy from New York.”

Quipped Behar, “Not that rich.”

Abby Huntsman is leaving ABC’s The View after a year and a half on the daytime talk show. The Fox & Friends Weekend alumna is departing to help run her father Jon Huntsman Jr.’s gubernatorial campaign in Utah.

Huntsman, 33, joined the panel talker at the start of season 22 in September 2018.

“Family has always been my number one priority, and is where I need to be focused at this time,” said Huntsman, who is married and has a two-year-old and 7-month-old twins, said in a statement. “We are incredibly close and are there to support and help each other when it matters. It’s not often there is a political campaign that involves someone you love and believe in, but this is one of them.”

“Abby brought a unique, intelligent, insightful and relatable voice to our table,” said The View executive producers Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Candi Carter and Brian Teta in a statement. “While we are sad she has made the decision to leave, with Abby, family always comes first and we admire her commitment as she moves on to this next exciting chapter with her father’s campaign for governor and to spend more time with her young family.”

Remaining on The View are Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain.

People Magazine first reported this story.

The View is set to lose yet another panelist, with Abby Huntsman set to depart ABC’s daytime gabfest after just 16 months.

Huntsman has chosen to step aside in order to work with her father, Jon Huntsman — who most recently served as Ambassador of the United States to Russia — as he runs for his former position as governor of Utah. Her last episode airs Friday.

“This is always such a hard thing to do,” she said on Monday’s show. “This is a really special table — the most iconic show, I think, on television, and the smartest women that I’ve ever worked with — but today I am saying goodbye.

“My number one priority has always been my family, and something that taught me the first day that I got here is that your family and your happiness are always Number 1,” she continued. “I was asked months ago by my dad, who is running for governor of Utah, to come help the campaign… and there’s no one that I believe in more than my own dad right now… It’s not often in life that you get these moments to go fight for something that you are so passionate about and believe in.”

Huntsman then reflected on her career’s journey, which began as an intern on Good Morning America.

“I started at ABC,” she said. “When I was 19, this was my first job, booking cars overnight for Good Morning America, and I never thought I’d be sitting right here at this table. And so I just want to thank all of you, because… I love all of you here.”

Prior to The View, Huntsman was a co-host on the relatively short-lived MSNBC panel show The Cycle, from 2013 until its cancellation in 2015. She then departed MSNBC and took a position as a general assignment reporter for Fox News. In December 2016, she was named co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend, a position she held until August 2018 when she left to join the ABC talk show.

Now in Season 23, The View‘s dais consists of Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg.

Will you miss Huntsman at the Hot Topics table? Hit the comments with your reactions to The View‘s latest departure.

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When Will ‘The View’ Return Live on ABC?

If you’ve turned on a major network (and many cable networks) the week of November 18, you’ve undoubtedly come across something preempting normally scheduled daytime programming. That would be the impeachment hearings taking place in Washington, D.C.

So fans of The View hoping to hear Whoopi Goldberg and the other co-hosts weigh in on the momentous proceedings have been out of luck. ABC has joined the other major networks in airing the hearings in their entirety since Friday, November 15.

That’s meant there were no November 19 and 20 episodes of The View to enjoy. With the impeachment hearings continuing this week, fans of the show should expect more of the same in the coming days.

The next live episode of ‘The View’ will likely air November 22

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle appeared November 7, 2019 on ABC’s “The View.” | Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

The last time the ladies gathered at the table (November 18), fans witnessed a stunning exchange which ended with Meghan McCain saying, “That’s why I’m not moderator, Whoopi.” That’s one of the reasons people like to watch the show.

However, those type of exchanges had to go on hold the following day. And it happened again on November 20. Fans got confirmation of the latest preemption a few minutes before the show normally airs on the East Coast.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: @TheView will be nationally preempted today (Wednesday) due to coverage of the public impeachment hearings. For some markets, an encore episode will air during our regularly scheduled time following ABC News’ Special Report.

— The View (@TheView) November 20, 2019

The November 20 preemption was due to the marathon testimony of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland. (It barely wrapped up by 4 p.m. EST.) On November 21, National Security Council official Fiona Hill is scheduled to testify starting at 9 a.m.

With U.S. embassy official David Holmes to follow Hill, there’s little-to-no chance of The View airing November 21. As for the 22nd, there is currently no one scheduled to testify before the House’s impeachment committee. So that will be the most like day for The View to return with a live episode.

‘The View’ co-hosts will have a lot to work with when they return

The cast of ‘The View’ on November 7, 2019 | Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

By nearly every account, the November 20 testimony of Sondland represented bad news for President Trump (not to mention Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer). So you can only imagine how much Joy Behar wants to get back on the air.

As for McCain, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman, they’ve already begun weighing in on the proceedings via Twitter. Huntsman kicked things off not long after Sondland delivered his opening statement.

This testimony is pretty darn explosive. Not sure how you spin it as anything else. #Sondland

— Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) November 20, 2019

Hostin, the show’s legal expert, tweeted about his testimony as well.

Translation: Everyone is under the bus.

— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) November 20, 2019

As for McCain, she opted for a gif instead of any substantive commentary.

Live look at me watching the impeachment hearings.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 20, 2019

That’s right, View fans, for now you have to piece together an episode of the show using the co-hosts’ social media accounts. But the crew will return before long. As for Whoopi, who typically doesn’t work at the show on Fridays, it’s unclear if she’ll be in attendance November 22.

In the meantime, The View’s Twitter account has been following the hearings closely. If you want to know what ABC News is tweeting about, that would be one way to find out.

Also see: Why Whoopi Goldberg Has No Interest in Getting Married Again

Hate to break it to you, View-ers, but you’ll have to hang tight.

As announced on The View’s Twitter page, ABC won’t be airing a new episode of the hit talk show on Tuesday because of the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. Instead, the network is compelled to cover the public testimonies of two White House national security aides, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, who both raised concerns about the summertime phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

While the announcement points out that in “some markets an encore episode will air during regularly scheduled time following ABC News’ Special Report,” many folks will likely not have a hot-topic lowdown from Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman today.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: @TheView will be nationally preempted today due to coverage of the public impeachment hearings. For some markets, an encore episode will air during our regularly scheduled time following ABC News’ Special Report.

— The View (@TheView) November 19, 2019

In reaction to the news, some fans of The View seemed really upset. “I’ll miss you,” one fan wrote, while another simply said, “Ugh.”

The View received disappointed reactions last Friday, too, when the show had to make a similar announcement about making way for the hearings. By the sounds of it, fans will soon be disappointed again — The View will likely have to be put on hold as more witnesses are set to step forward later this week.

So, when will The View be on again? Thursday, according to the show’s latest announcement. The panelists are expected to talk about the latest Democratic debate, impeachment hearings, and more.

THIS MORNING: The co-hosts are back LIVE to discuss this week’s public impeachment hearings, last night’s #DemDebate and more! Join us at 11/10c on @[email protected] @HuntsmanAbby @sunny @MeghanMcCain

— The View (@TheView) November 21, 2019

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After 10 months of heated debate, the hosts of The View deserve some time off. Beginning today, The View will be off the air for its summer hiatus, which means that ABC will be airing re-runs until after Labor Day. Enjoy your summer vacation, ladies! Here’s hoping Joy Behar gets to put her cataract surgery sunglasses to good use on an actual beach.

If you’re a religious View viewer (see what I did there?), you probably have questions about when the show will return, and luckily, we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about The View‘s hiatus, as well as what to expect when The View returns later this year.


On Friday, August 2, The View aired its final episode of Season 22, which means that viewers will have to live without Meghan McCain, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Abby Huntsman’s commentary until the show returns for Season 23 in the fall. We promise, The View is definitely not ending or getting canceled!


The View will be returning for Season 23 on Tuesday, September 3 (the day after Labor Day).


Technically, yes. For the next four weeks, ABC will be airing a different re-run from Season 22 during The View‘s regular time slot (Monday – Friday at 11/10c). If you missed guests like Chelsea Handler, Idris Elba, Beto O’Rourke, and more the first time around, now’s your chance to check them out.

See The View‘s entire encore broadcast schedule here.


As of now, all five hosts are expected to return to The View next season. In July, after reports surfaced that McCain was considering leaving the show, an ABC representative denied the rumors, telling Decider, “The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season, and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead.”

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When Does ‘The View’ Return With Live Episodes in 2020?

Meghan McCain from The View has been extra quiet lately but that’s only because the show has been on a break. The show hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Sunny Hostin, and McCain is off for the holidays but they will soon be back. Fans are anxious to see the ladies return to the “Hot Topics” table to debate the latest in politics and pop culture.

The cast of ‘The View’ | Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

ABC has been airing reruns in its regular time slot and new episodes will begin airing on Monday, January 6. That’s the magical day when the women will once again give all of its viewers context on the hottest topics of the day. How long until McCain’s latest tantrum? When will Goldberg lose her patience with McCain? The new year brings more possibilities and entertainment to everyone that watches daily.

Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain blowout

In the last week of original episodes, Goldberg and McCain shared a moment that took social media by storm. As things at the “Hot Topics” table heated up, Goldberg told McCain to “stop talking.” The environment was tense for the rest of the show and it was until the next day, the ladies addressed the issue.

“Things get heated on this show,” Goldberg explained at the top of the show. “If you watch this show, you know this has happened over the years. We’re really passionate. This is our jobs. We come in, we talk to each other, sometimes we’re not as polite as we could be. That’s just the way it is. But you’re going to be dealing with the same thing when you sit around your table with your family and you don’t agree, or somebody says something and goes off the rails. This is part of what we do.”

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McCain said there’s no beef between her and the moderator of the ABC talk show as she considers her family.

“I love you very much. I’ve loved you for a long time,” McCain told Golberg. “You were good friends with my dad. We fight like we’re family. It’s all good. We’re not tearing the set apart. Calm down, all of you, okay? It’s all good… I think it is a lens into what’s happening politically in the country. America’s at very heated levels right now and I don’t love it. But it is representative of what’s going on and it is raw and real. We are all passionate women. I am hyper, hyper-conservative, everybody else at the table is not. Sometimes we’re going to clash heads.”

Meghan McCain thinks about getting fired

McCain has led most of the controversial moments on The View in the last months. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, the conservative co-host revealed that she always assumes she is going to get fired from the talk show.

“I go in assuming I’m going to be fired every day,” McCain told Andy Cohen, the show’s host. “Every single day. Yes, every day.”

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When the Bravo presenter asked if she had ever been closed to getting the ax from the show, she explained.

“It’s more the tone we are culturally, people get canceled so easily,” she explained. “And by the way, Joy has this same thing, because we are the most honest and raw. And we’re always going to say something that is going to be too far one way. So I say it sort of jokingly, but sort of not.”

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. CT/PT.

Sara Gilbert to Leave ‘The Talk’ After Nine Seasons

Sara Gilbert is leaving “The Talk” after nine seasons.

The co-host made the announcement on the Tuesday episode of the CBS talk show.

“This is something I have been struggling with for a while, and going back and forth. But I’ve decided it’s time for me to leave the show,” Gilbert said at the beginning of the program.

“I obviously love it here and this was extremely difficult,” she continued. “Last season I did ‘The Conners’ and, as you know, also producing … and I loved it and felt totally empowered. But my life was slightly out of balance, and I was not spending as much time with my three kids as I would like.”

Gilbert said she decided to leave as she couldn’t “do it all,” on top of her producing and acting slate. She has been with the show since its debut in 2010, and along with Sharon Osbourne, has served the longest tenure of any co-host. She also created and executive produces the show.

“Sara’s passionate vision for a forum in which women on camera and off could celebrate mutual support, emotional growth, and everyday achievements was a driving force behind bringing ‘’ to air in 2010 as ’ first daytime talk show. Her authenticity, compassion, quick wit, and drive to succeed led to nine successful seasons of ‘The Talk,’ garnering numerous daytime Emmy Awards, including outstanding show and outstanding host,” said Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president of daytime programs, in a statement. “We are thankful that Sara inspired us from the beginning and wish her all the happiness and success on her new journey. She will always be family and, as you know, family can always come by for a TALK.”

“The Conners” star thanked her fellow hosts, the crew, and the audience for “letting me into your homes every day.” She said she would return to the show as a guest.

“I will come back, I will guest co-host — you’re not going to get rid of me, I’ll be around,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert’s departure is the second shake-up in the show’s lineup, with “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba joining this January. Inaba replaced co-host Julie Chen, who departed after last season following sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves.

The current ninth season premiered on Sept. 10, 2018. Eve and Sheryl Underwood also serve as co-hosts on the daily hour-long series, where the panel discusses current events, pop culture, and the trending topics of the day. John Redmann serves as executive producer. Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews are co-executive producers.