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'The View' Named 'the Most Important Political TV-Show in America' by New York Times Magazine

Junie Sihlangu
May 27, 2019
12:47 P.M.

“The View” is an all-women daytime talk show that was created 22-years-ago by Barbara Walters. In a feature piece by “The New York Times” magazine, it was explained why the show had become a political powerhouse.

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"THEY THOUGHT WE WERE A BUNCH OF LADIES WHO LUNCH"

Some people are fans of “The View” while others find it too divisive and political. Whatever your view is, the fact remains that the show gets people talking.

Joy Behar, 76, is one of the show’s co-hosts who have been with it almost from the time it was created by Barbara Walters. Speaking about it how it was seen at the start, Behar stated: “They thought we were a bunch of ladies who lunch.”

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"NOW THEY COME BECAUSE WE ARE INFLUENTIAL"

However, its influence has grown to a point where the co-host says: “Now they come on because we’re influential.” Behar is one of the hosts from the show who’s had the pleasure of talking to controversial political figures like Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, and Anthony Scaramucci.

In fact, five days before Cohen had to report to a federal correctional facility in the Hudson Valley, he declined Behar’s invitation to appear on “The View.” Despite that, the pair had spoken for hours about President Donald Trump and other topics.

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MICHAEL COHEN ALMOST APPEARED ON "THE VIEW"

Showing how much influence the talk show has, Cohen had been willing to appear only on “The View” even though other shows were vying for his time. The only reason he declined an appearance at the end; was because he wanted to spend his last free time with his family, according to his representative.

However, Behar reckoned Cohen’s wife talked him out of it. The talk show co-host figured she advised him to save “all the juicy stuff” for a book.

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CO-HOST'S INTERVIEW DIFFERENT POLITICIANS

The women from the show also spoke to people like Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, the same morning he announced he would be running for president. “The View” had him on the show for his first TV interview since declaring his run.

In the same week, the women also spoke to former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The latter returned two months later for a second interview.

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OBAMA MADE HISTORY BY APPEARING ON THE SHOW

In 2010, President Barack Obama made history as the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show. Since then, the show has become a place where Democrats and Republicans go to introduce themselves to the nation.

So far, twelve of the 26 people who are running for president in 2020 have already been on the show. The talk show premiered in 1997, and its current co-hosts are Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, and Sunny Hostin.

"THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL TELEVISION SHOW"

“The New York Times” called the ABC show “the most important political television show in America” for attempting to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats.

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BIDEN INTERVIEWED ON "THE VIEW"

One of the many famous politicians to visit the talk show was Former Vice President Joe Biden. During the April episode, Biden spoke about running for president in 2020 and the allegations he was facing or touching women inappropriately.

“The View” airs live weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

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