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Jenny McCarthy Joining The View | Jenny McCarthy

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Jenny McCarthy Will Join The View

Originally posted 07/15/2013 11:55AM

One bubbly, perky – and outspoken – blonde is about to be replaced by another.

Less than a week after the departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck from the syndicated daytime talkfest The View comes confirmation that Jenny McCarthy will succeed her when the show returns for its 17th season Sept. 9.

"YUP, I'M DOING 'THE VIEW'!" McCarthy trumpeted on her blog Monday. "When word got out that Joy [Behar] was leaving 'The View,' I knew that the timing of my desire and her departure might be serendipitous for me."

"Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor," the show's original host and co-executive producer Barbara Walters said in a statement released by ABC Monday morning.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says An Emotional Goodbye to  The View

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Bids Emotional Goodbye to The View

Originally posted 07/10/2013 12:45PM

After spending a decade on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck marked her final appearance on the ABC daytime talk show with an emotional goodbye.

On Wednesday, Hasselbeck, 36, walked arm-in-arm with Barbara Walters before taking a seat at the table for what would be her last time.

"The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary," Hasselbeck said after thanking the show’s producer Bill Geddie and co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar – who announced earlier this year that she'll be exiting the show – Sherri Shepherd and Walters.

"I did some math last night, and I think I’ve have had over 3,000 days working by your side," she told Walters. "I can’t ask for a better leader or mentor. You are the best that there is."

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View for Fox News

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View for Fox News

Originally posted 07/09/2013 08:00PM

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is soon going to have a whole new view.

The conservative voice on ABC's The View for the last decade is headed to Fox's daytime talk show Fox & Friends, replacing Gretchen Carlson, who'll be getting her own daytime Fox show in the fall.

Her last day on The View is Wednesday.

"We will miss her and wish her everything good," View co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters said in a statement.

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ABC's Fall TV Shows to Feature Monster Enemies – and Monster Laughs | Jimmy Kimmel

ABC Upfronts Bring Monster Enemies and Monster Laughs

Originally posted 05/15/2013 10:10AM

ABC’s upfront Tuesday afternoon was an upbeat affair – not all upfronts are – with shoutouts to breakout hit Scandal and its star, Kerry Washington; to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel; and to now destined-to-retire Barbara Walters.

Kimmel, as is traditional, did a few minutes' worth of jokes at the expense of the other networks (he referred to CBS as "smug @#%&!!!!s") and his own: He suggested that Splash, the diving-celeb reality show, should be replaced by one with an empty pool. To be called Splat.

The clips introducing new shows were, on balance, pretty promising. These are the ones that struck my television tuning fork and filled me with anticipatory vibrations:

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Barbara Walters: 'I Plan to Retire' in the Summer of 2014 | Barbara Walters

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UpdatePosted 05/13/2013 11:15AM

Barbara Walters: 'I Plan to Retire' in the Summer of 2014

Originally posted 05/13/2013 06:20AM

After more than five decades, Barbara Walters is hanging up her microphone.

The veteran ABC News anchor, 83, said Monday morning on The View – the show she started in 1997 – that she will retire from TV journalism next summer.

"Let me just say I have been on television continuously for over 50 years. But in the summer of '14 I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. ... I'm perfectly healthy. This is my decision. This is what I want to do," Walters told her audience, which in the studio included Disney CEO (and therefore head of ABC) Bob Iger – who suggested once he also retires that both he and Walters go on Dancing with the Stars.

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Barbara Walters: Elisabeth Is Not Being Fired from The View

Barbara Walters: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Not Being Fired from The View

Originally posted 03/11/2013 11:25AM

Not so fast.

Following last week's news that original co-host Joy Behar will be leaving The View, along with rumors that Brooke Shields will be coming aboard to replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters attempted to set the record straight on Monday's program.

Walters, who made her entrance at the top of the show on Hasselbeck's arm, looked at the camera and said she wished to address "a particularly false story." She said that reports that Hasselbeck's opposing political views, as expressed on the show, were not forcing her removal.

"We love Elisabeth," said Walters, who also said that the others appreciate her political differences, too.

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Joy Behar Leaving The View | Joy Behar

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Joy Behar Leaving The View

Originally posted 03/08/2013 07:25AM

It sounds like Joy Behar will be taking in The View from the sidelines.

The contract is up for the daytime talk show host, 70, and she has told ABC that she's moving on to hopefully host a new interview show, according to Deadline.com. Friday's Good Morning America, which, like The View, airs on ABC, also announced her departure.

Behar is the second-to-last cast original cast member to remain on the show since it first aired 16½ years ago. Should Behar leave, Barbara Walters will be the only one remaining.

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No Scratching! Barbara Walters Has Chicken Pox | Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters Has Chicken Pox

Originally posted 01/28/2013 12:40PM

While much of Hollywood is suffering from the flu, Barbara Walters has come down with the chicken pox.

The View host was hospitalized after injuring her head in a fall during inauguration festivities. She was transferred to a New York hospital late last week and remains there with her new infection.

"You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood," her co-host Whoopi Goldberg explained on the air Monday.

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Barbara Walters Hospitalized After Inauguration Weekend Fall | Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters Hospitalized After Inauguration Weekend Fall

Originally posted 01/21/2013 09:30AM

The Inauguration festivities took a tough turn for at least one veteran newswoman.

Barbara Walters, 83, fell Saturday night on a step at the residence of the British Ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, and was hospitalized, the Associated Press reported.

ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said Walters, who cut her forehead, was taken to a Washington, D.C., hospital for treatment and was alert after the fall, "telling everyone what to do, which we all take as a very positive sign," he said.

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Who Did Barbara Walters Find Fascinating in 2012?

Barbara Walters Names David Petraeus Most Fascinating of 2012

Originally posted 12/13/2012 06:00AM

Barbara Walters's annual 10 most fascinating list always features an eclectic mix of captivating people – and this year is no different.

The special, which aired Wednesday night, highlighted the achievements and antics that kept fans enthralled. Among Walters's picks were Ben Affleck, who won critical acclaim for his political thriller Argo; Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas; Prince Harry; and even pint-sized beauty pageant star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.

And her top pick as the Most Fascinating Person of 2012? Gen. David Petraeus, the decorated U.S. military hero and director disgraced by an affair that forced his resignation as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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