Within a week of the start of the new season, “The View” had the most-watched broadcast in five months and attracted its largest audience in ten weeks, a representative for the program told CNN. According to ABC, the show currently ranks number one in total viewership on daytime network talk shows and news programs.
In the years since Barbara Walters first launched “The View” in 1997, the panel has featured more than 20 different hosts. However, enthusiastic discussions have been sustained.
Here are 25 memorable moments from “The View” as the program marks a quarter century of conversation.
1. Premiere of ‘The View’
“The View” premiered in August 1997 with four co-hosts, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Mattenopoulos and Barbara Walters, who said she wanted to start conversations with women of different age groups from different demographics.
2. Debbie Matenopoulos Departure
Matenopoulos was just out of college when she was asked to appear on the show and received mixed reviews for her lack of television experience. In “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of the View,” former executive producer Bill Geddy revealed of Matenopoulos, “the older guys were fine with her. They thought she was an idiot, but it was funny. The younger ones.” Haven’t seen myself in Debbie.”
3. Meredith Viera’s accidental overshare
4. Star Jones Resigns
5. Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck Split Screen
O’Donnell and Hasselbeck often disagreed. In 2007, the two were discussing the Iraq War, when their conversation became particularly heated. The split-screen debate that seemed more fitting for a cable news program than the conversation over morning coffee.
6. Whoopi Goldberg and Kate Gosselin’s Awkward Exchange
In 2009, reality TV mom Kate Gosselin appeared on the show and spoke about a custody dispute with her ex-husband. After that things got very uncomfortable.
7. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg Walk Off
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 joined him.
8. Rosie O’Donnell Returns
Seven years after she left, O’Donnell returned to the show in 2014, saying on air, “Wait, is Hasselbeck here?”
9. Whoopi Goldberg defends Mel Gibson
10. Whoopi and Mel, again
Joan Rivers was a guest on the show that same year and, not one to shy away from controversy, she brought Gibson to Goldberg, who defended her. To which Rivers replied, “The Holocaust happened, now we are ready to go.”
11. The Bold Move of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd
In 2014, hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd set out to prove they had no problem seeing naked bodies on TV. At the end of the show, he appeared topless on the panel, with a black censor bar covering his chest.
12. Whoopi Goldberg Proves He’s Human
13. Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd Vacation
A month after Barbara Walters left the show in 2014, news broke that Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd would not return. In response to the announcement, McCarthy tweeted, “If Sherry goes… I go too. #sisters”
14. Donald Trump and Birthism
Before becoming president, Donald Trump appeared on the show and was asked by then-President Barack Obama to provide his birth certificate to prove his US citizenship. Goldberg asked Trump, “Isn’t it because he’s black?”
15. ‘No discrimination at all’
In 2015, host Candace Cameron Bure said, “I don’t think it’s discrimination at all,” a bakery fined $135,000 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Raven Simone didn’t have it.
16. The ‘SNL’ spoof of ‘The View’
Watch it for Kate McKinnon airing Joy Behar.
17. Rosie Perez Gives A Tearful Goodbye
After just one season, host Rosie Perez announced that she would be leaving the show. She got emotional, thanking fellow panelists Goldberg and Nicole Wallace. “I want to thank you for your friendship, Nicole, and for your wisdom and your wisdom and your sunshine. Whoopi, thank you for everything—your guidance, your professionalism, and all your friendships.”
As Goldberg tried to hold back the tears, Wallace cried into the air.
18. Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain
In 2017, then-Vice President Joe Biden consoled host Meghan McCain when she started crying while discussing her father, Sen. John McCain’s battle with brain cancer.
Biden, who served with McCain in the Senate, moved to sit next to him and held his hand as he spoke.
19. ‘Do some respect’
“Don’t tell me what I’m about to say, Meghan, okay? You do yours, we do ours,” Behar said at one point.
“I’m well aware that we do different things on this show, Joey. And I know you’ve been here for 25 years. I’ve been here four,” McCain shouted.
“This is right!” Behr said. “You must have some respect for him once in a blue moon.”
20. ‘Girl, please stop talking’
When McCain interrupted another host while the panel was debating, Goldberg told McCain, “Girl, please stop talking! Please stop talking now!”
McCain replied, “Never mind. I won’t talk about the rest of the show.”
To which Goldberg replied, “Well, I’m fine with that. I’m fine with that, if you’re going to behave like that.”
21. ‘I’m Famous’
In 2015, after model and actor Cara Delevingne appeared a little weary in an interview on “Good Day Sacramento,” Goldberg asked her to check herself.
Goldberg said Delevingne should be grateful for his opportunities.
“She’s not a famous actress. She’s a novice. I’m famous,” Goldberg said in the air, “It’s not easy, but we have privileges for what we do. We’re so lucky. In doing so You have to find a way to suck it up. You don’t have to be rude to people – they’re doing their job too.”
22. Joy has a pandemic camera failure from home.
At the start of the pandemic, “The View” had figured out a way for hosts to broadcast live from home. Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Haines and Sunny Hostin were all in their separate homes when Behar admitted that her husband Steve Janowitz was doing camera work. As Behr turned his attention to a subject, his arm was bent up and down in front of the camera, much to the delight of the audience at home. Behar can be heard saying, “Steve, you’re in front of the camera, darling!”
Goldberg quickly laughed, asking her, “What’s up in your house, girl?!”
23. Paper Fight
When Goldberg and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro got into a political outcry match during an episode of “The View,” Goldberg ended the segment by snapping cards for her questions. He said to Piro, “Say goodbye! Bye! I’m done.”
24. Meghan McCain Announces She’s Leaving the Show
McCain, who represented the solo conservative voice for most of her time on “The View”, announced that she was leaving the program over the summer.
25. Barbara Walters Says Goodbye To ‘The View’
“The good news is I’ll have time now to get Botox,” Walters joked when leaving the show in 2014, adding that he’s available for “supermarket openings.”
“Who knows what the future brings,” she said.