'The View' Cast List Full Breakdown — See If You Know All These Women Who Were Hosts on the Show
“The View” has been one of the most popular shows in the States for over 20 years, so consistency doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. Except when it comes to hosts.
Created by Barbara Walters in 1997, “The View” has had 22 hosts in 24 seasons. The panel has changed so much that the only remaining member of the original cast is Joy Behar.
Still, Behar announced that she’s very likely to leave the show in the summer of 2022, so “The View” is probably thinking of her replacement already. Take a look at the complete list of “The View” hosts over the years.
Cast of "The View" in season 20, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin on July 16, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images
One of “The View” original cast members was Debbie Matenopoulos. In 1999, after only two seasons, she left as producers realized that the rest of the hosts (Meredith Viera, Joy Behar, and Star Jones) had stronger chemistry without her in the panel.
Meredith Vieira also started hosting the show on day one but left in June 2006 to join the panel of “Today.” She was the second original co-host to leave and, reportedly, had concerns over the show's reputation as it had become “sort of” a joke.
The third original host to leave the show was Star Jones, who announced her departure on June 27, 2006 (two days before schedule). Jones, whose contract was not renewed, later said she felt as though she was fired.
Matenopoulos’ replacement was Lisa Ling, who started appearing on the show in season three (1999) and left in season five (2002) to become the new host of National Geographic Explorer.”
In September 2006, Rosie O’Donnell joined “The View” panel but left the following year. She returned in 2014, but only six months later, she announced her departure to refocus her life after divorcing her wife, Michelle Rounds.
Comedian Joy Behar was also part of the show at its inception. In 2013, after 16 seasons, she left as it was revealed that her and her fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s politics were “too polarizing.” Behar came back in 2015 and has plans to retire again in 2022.
Her departure also had to do with “toxic culture” on the show.
Speaking of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, she joined “The View” in 2003. As mentioned previously, her political views were too much for the show’s fans, so she left in July 2013. She joined “Fox & Friends” in September that year.
If it weren’t for Barbara Walters, “The View” wouldn’t have existed. She not only created the show but also served as a co-host between 1997 and 2014. Nowadays, she is still executive producing it.
In season 11 (2007), Sherri Shepherd became one of “The View” hosts and stayed until season 17 (2014). Her decision to leave was not that dramatic as she simply considered that, after seven years, it was time to move on.
Hasselbeck’s replacement was Jenny McCarthy, who became a panelist in 2013 and left in 2014. Her departure had nothing to do with feuds as she admitted taking up a different job that would allow her to talk without interrupting anyone: the “Jenny McCarthy Show.”
In 2014, Nicolle Wallace joined the cast of “The View” but left the following year. Wallace admitted she never thought she’d get that job “in a million years” and didn’t seem surprised about the decision to let her go.
Just like Wallace, Rosie Perez became a host on the show in 2014 and left in 2015 with the intention of moving on. Unlike Wallace, Perez cried when she announced her departure.
Actress Raven-Symoné became one of “The View” hosts in 2015, but after only one season, she left. It wasn’t that surprising given that she started working on a reboot of her Disney TV show “That’s So Raven.”
Another member of the One Seasoner club of “The View” is Jedidiah Bila.
Just like Raven-Symoné, Michelle Collins joined the show in 2015 and left in 2016. It’s been reported that she wanted to focus on other projects, and the parting was “amicable.”
CANDACE CAMERON BURE
Candace Cameron Bure was also one of the people who joined the cast of “The View” in 2015 and left in 2016. The reason? She wanted to spend more time with her family and couldn’t be a “superwoman” anymore.
Another member of the One Seasoner club of “The View” is Jedidiah Bila. She appeared on the show for only one year (2015-2016) and allegedly left “on her own accord” after staff members were upset about how she handled Hillary Clinton's interview about her book.
Out of all the women who joined the show in 2015, Paula Faris was the only one who stayed more than one season. In 2018, though, she left her roles in “The View” and “Good Morning America” to join ABC News.
Abby Huntsman joined the cast in 2018 and left in 2020. Huntsman said she wanted to join her father's gubernatorial race. Still, sources report her departure also had to do with “toxic culture” on the show and her strained relationship with Meghan McCain.
At the moment, five women co-host “The View:” Whoopi Goldberg (since 2007), Behar (since 2015), Sara Haines (left in 2018 after two seasons but returned in 2020), Sunny Hostin (since 2016), and Meghan McCain (since 2017).