Hold onto your hats because The View is coming back for their 20th season in September. ABC has officially released the names of the ladies who will continue on with those heated debates that they are so well known for. Who is returning to their hot seats at the controversial table?
In addition to Whoopi Goldberg, who had already renewed her contract earlier, ABC announced that Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Candace Cameron Bure, and Raven-Symoné will all be back on the show to join her. Good Morning America anchor Sara Haines has been confirmed as well. She has already debuted as a fill-in recently and has fit right in. Haines will replace comedian Michelle Collins, who was let go from the talk show in June.
Two other ladies that the audience is now pretty familiar with, Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin, was also revealed as joining the ABC talk show for frequent appearances as they have been all summer. Candi Carter, executive producer of The View, says that they are happy to have chosen this particular group of women for the upcoming season.
“We have such a smart, funny and fearless group of women who bring unparalleled passion and opinions to the hot topics table every single day. We have an exciting season 20 planned and plenty of surprises in store.”
This is a perfect year to be celebrating their 20th season as it is also an election year, which has already had the women actively talking about the presidential campaigns. This group that they have brought back is a mixed bag of views and that is apparently what ABC is looking for. Bringing in Candace and Paula, who are both known for their conservative views, seems to have brought in a new audience this past year, in addition to the devoted viewers.
The network is also planning a primetime special on August 23 called The View: 20 Years In the Making. They will be taking a walk down memory lane with some of the previous co-hosts from the last 19 years, as well as some behind-the-scenes stories, and their most talked about moments that had everyone up in arms. Creator of The View Barbara Walters dished on what everyone can look forward to.
“As we prepare for season 20 of ‘The View,’ we will take a look back at its remarkable history. In our primetime special, celebrating this event, you will see the legacy of the program. I am very proud of the show that I created almost two decades ago. We hope the viewers will take a little time to enjoy The View.”
While the popular talk show has had more than their share of debates and sometimes heated arguments on air, there are always plenty of rumors that spark the fire off air as well. The most recent one involved Whoopi Goldberg in an article that was recently posted on The Daily Mail. Paula Faris has been noticeably absent lately from the table and the site indicated that Whoopi had something to do with it. There was a supposed meltdown with the two women behind closed doors.
The actress/comedian is known for speaking out, and she crushed the article in a few posts on Twitter stating that it is simply not true. According to E! News, Goldberg said that she is not involved in any kind of hiring or firing of ABC employees and resented the fact that she was called out on being a mean girl.
“I’m not responsible 4 firing or moving people around or negotiating my coworkers contracts. I LIKE having a gig and as much as I’d like to Rule the entire universe, I have enough to do in my life than to take mean girl pleasure at some one else WRONGLY perceived change.”
Apparently, all is well between Goldberg and Faris. ABC pounced on this as well by quickly making the announcement that Paula Faris and the rest of the ladies will indeed return for Season 20. In fact, they posted the names the day after the Twitter rant from Whoopi.
Season 20 will premiere on September 6 at 11 a.m. ET on ABC. Are you happy with these ladies who will be debating on The View this upcoming season?
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