According to Variety, comedian Joy Behar is returning to co-host ABC’s “The View,” as part of a massive overhaul of the show’s hosting team for its upcoming 19th season. “Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure will also join Whoopi Goldberg at the table, along with Paula Faris, Michelle Collins and Raven Symone. The show will also move to a live format five days a week rather than offering a taped installment on Fridays.
Contributors who will rotate through with the regular co-hosts include Padma Lakshmi, Stacy London, Ana Navarro, Sherri Shepherd (another former “View” regular) and Molly Sims. Behar’s return is said to have come at the behest of “View” creator-exec producer Barbara Walters. Walters retired in 2014 from the show she launched in 1997. The past season has been full of behind the scenes drama as the show attempted to roll out a new team of hosts, other than moderator Goldberg, and a new producing team.
Walters is said to have been dismayed by the non-stop drama that has enveloped the show this season. In announcing the new lineup, ABC included a seal-of-approval quote from Walters. “As ‘The View’ embarks on a remarkable 19th season, I am extremely proud to see the legacy of smart and diverse women engaging in entertaining and thought-provoking conversation continue,” said Walters said.
“The View” last fall embarked on what it hoped would be a refreshed lineup for the post-Walters era. But the combo of Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace and Goldberg failed to gel early on. By February, O’Donnell — who also returned to the show after a six-year absence — had quit and rumors about Perez and Wallace’s shaky status began to circulate, and were eventually confirmed as exiting earlier this summer. Raven Symone joined the panel in the wake of O’Donnell’s exit and was named a permanent co-host in June.
Meanwhile, the show’s production team has faced significant turnover this year under the direction of exec producer Bill Wolff, who was recruited last year from MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” in an effort to inject new energy into the show. Behar was co-host from 1997 through 2013. The comedian cited the upcoming presidential race as a lure for returning to the daily platform. “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in,” Behar said. “I’m happy to be back home. And I’m looking forward to sticking my two cents into the hot topics, especially now that Hillary and the Donald are in the spotlight.”
Sidebar: Joy Behar and Sherrie Shepherd. It's basically the old view again.