The View has some former co-hosts that fans love and others they would like to see never come back.
People recently announced that former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck would return to popular daytime television show The View. Upon hearing the news, fans of the show were upset, with some calling for the return of other former co-hosts instead. But many of its past co-hosts are booked with other opportunities, leading fans to question what their faves are doing now.
A Brief History of The View
In 1997, journalist Barbara Walters started The View, a daytime talk show featuring five famous women of differing backgrounds. The original co-hosts included Walter, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira, and Debbie Matenopoulos. Together, the panel discussed trending news and other hot topics.
The View quickly became a success, earning devoted fans who tuned in each day to watch their favorite co-hosts dish on the latest news and gossip.
The show would later feature weekly guest co-hosts, some of which include Senator Elizabeth Warren, actress Queen Latifah, and supermodel Tyra Banks. And as time went on, some of its temporary guest co-hosts would become permanent panelists.
Introducing Elisabeth Hasselbeck
In 2003, Survivor alum Elisabeth Hasselbeck joined The View cast. Her conservative talking points quickly divided fans, many of whom took to social media to share their disgust with her casting. And when People announced her temporary return in early August after nearly ten years since her departure, fans were even more outraged.
Seems most of us do not want Elisabeth H back. Let's do a poll for all those who need to see numbers.— Ethically_NYC (@NYCBitchi) July 28, 2022
Are you happy Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be on The View for a week?
The holier-than-thou attitude of Elisabeth Hasselbeck is so gross. #TheView— NBS (@nikkiboesch) August 3, 2022
Where Are the Former Co-Hosts of ‘The View’ Now?
Even though The View fans are upset by its recent casting, it doesn’t take away from the show’s legacy. The show gives a voice to the voiceless and offers insight into the perspectives of people from various backgrounds. Not to mention, it’s helped catapult the careers of some of its former co-hosts and guests. Take a look at what some of its former panelists are up to today:
Star Jones was one of the five OG co-hosts on The View. Before fame, she graduated from the University of Houston Law Center. She then began working as a Brooklyn homicide prosecutor for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office before being promoted to senior assistant district attorney.
Even though Jones has had a successful career in Hollywood, she always stays close to her roots. She recently announced that she would replace Judge Faith Jenkins as the new host and judge of Divorce Court later this year.
In a Twitter statement, she talks about what fans can expect from her in the new season. She says, “I will offer the parties before Divorce Court, as well as viewers, a no-nonsense approach to the law and a decision driven by my proven legal expertise, compassion and empathy, personal experiences, and hard-earned common sense.”
Meredith Vieria was the original moderator and co-host for The View. She fondly recalls her time on the show during an interview with E! News’ Daily Pop, calling it “an amazing experience.” She says, “We all liked each other through my whole time there. I had a great time.”
Following her departure, Vieria replaced Katie Couric as co-anchor of Today in 2006. She also worked as the host for the popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. She even hosted her own syndicated daytime television show, The Meredith Vieria Show.
Now, you can find Vieria working as the host of 25 Words or Less, a television game show.
Former co-host Debbie Matenopoulos has been pretty busy following her departure from The View. She co-hosted He’s A Lady, a TBS original reality TV series, and Good Day Live, a FOX syndicated morning show.
She also worked alongside Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic to co-host red carpet events for E! Network AND co-hosted its wildly popular show Fashion Police, PLUS much more.
Currently, Matenopoulos pays homage to her Greek roots in her bestselling cookbook, “It’s All Greek To Me.”
She also recently co-hosted Home & Family, a Hallmark channel original daytime featuring a lineup of cooking, DIY, health and wellness, and entertainment segments. The show recently announced its cancellation; however, you can still watch episodes on Hallmark Channel or on demand at Philo online.
Meghan McCain announced her departure from The View in July 2021, two years before her contract ended. As the daughter of the late Arizona senator John McCain, she brought a conservative perspective to the panel. But, even though she divided fans with her political hot takes, that didn’t stop her from moving on towards a successful career soon after leaving the show.
Later that same year, she announced that she would work as a columnist for DailyMail.com. She gushed over her new position, saying, “I’ve always respected the way DailyMail.com tackles issues across the entire political spectrum, and I’m looking forward to sharing my own opinions without fear or favor on the important issues that matter to our readers across the globe.”
Comedian Rosie O’ Donnell was a popular co-host on The View, known for her witty quips. Fans might also recall her fiery clash with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck surrounding the Iraq war — an unforgettable daytime television moment.
Currently, O’ Donnell works as a television producer and collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company R Family Vacations.
And she recently announced that she would play a small role in the television reboot of A League of Their Own. She co-starred as Doris Murphy in the hilarious original film that follows an all-female baseball team.
You can watch Rosie O’Donnell in A League of Their Own on August 12th on Amazon Prime.