About the Show: The View, recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for "Outstanding Talk Show," is ABC's popular morning talk and entertainment program, featuring a team of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day. The program has received critical acclaim since premiering August 11, 1997. It's broadcast live weekdays from New York City (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET; CLOSED-CAPTIONED; broadcast in stereo; TV-14).
The View features ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters -- who appears on average three days a week - moderator Whoopi Goldberg, comedian Joy Behar, actress/comedian Sherri Shepherd and designer and former Survivor: The Australian Outback participant Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The View consists of hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment. The program celebrated its 2000th show on February 2, 2006, and is now in its 13th season on the ABC Television Network. The program will celebrate its 3000th show on September 23, 2010, and is now in its 14th season on ABC.
Barbara Walters' ground-breaking exclusive interviews with world figures and her enterprising reporting have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television. She has received worldwide recognition for her work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Her interviews and reports appear regularly on the ABC weekly newsmagazine 20/20 and in The Barbara Walters Specials. Ms. Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news. Ms. Walters is also a New York Times best selling author for her memoir "Audition," released in 2008.
In 2002 Whoopi Goldberg became one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy (Whoopi Goldberg, 1985), the Academy Award (Ghost, 1991), the Golden Globe (The Color Purple, 1985 and Ghost, 1991), the Emmy (as host of AMC's Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel, 2002) and a Tony (producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002). In August 2009, Ms. Goldberg added a Daytime Emmy to her roster for The View. She is equally well known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities. Among her many charitable activities, Ms. Goldberg is a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.
Joy Behar, a frequent comedy headliner, is among today's leading comic talents. Whether performing standup comedy or interviewing politicians and artists, she is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. Ms. Behar starred in her own HBO special as well as her hilarious cable series Love, Hate & Joy and was the voice of a neurotic patient on Dr. Katz. She has appeared in the films Cookie, This Is My Life and Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery. She starred in the off-Broaday hits The Food Chain and the critically-acclaimed The Vagina Monologues. Ms. Behar is the celebrated author of Joy Shtick: or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?, Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog, When You Need A Lift and Sheetzucacapoopoo 2: Max Goes to the Dogs. Ms. Behar performed to sold out crowds at Alice Tulley Hall in Lincoln Center and during her one woman show Bitchin' With Behar at New York's Zipper Theater. In addition to her co-host duties on The View, Ms. Behar currently hosts The Joy Behar Show, weeknights at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on HLN.
Sherri Shepherd, an accomplished stand-up comic, voiced the role of Ben Stiller's "lioness mother" in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and co-stars with Lenny Kravitz and Paula Patton in Precious. She has been featured in the motion pictures Who's Your Caddy, Beauty Shop, Cellular and Guess Who. For four seasons she starred on ABC's Less than Perfect. Ms. Shepherd is also the voice of twin toucans Cheryl and Meryl in the Disney Channel's comedy series, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, and often guests as Tracy Morgan's wife, Angie Jordan, on 30 Rock. Ms. Shepherd was a co-host of ABC's broadcast of The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Ms. Shepherd has performed at The Comedy Store, The Improv and the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. In addition to her co-host duties on The View, Ms. Shepherd currently stars in her own situation comedy, Sherri on Lifetime." Ms. Shepherd is also the author of a humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Central Publishing).
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is best known to audiences as a participant on the wildly popular second edition of the Survivor reality show, Survivor: The Australian Outback. In August, 2004, Elisabeth spoke at the Republican National Convention, where she delivered a heartfelt speech that emphasized her continued effort in support of Breast Cancer prevention and research. Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Elisabeth has committed herself to raising awareness about the autoimmune disease. Ms. Hasselbeck is the author of the New York Times best seller The G-Free Diet, released in May 2009. Prior to working on-camera, Elisabeth designed shoes for PUMA. Currently she designs a women's apparel line for QVC: "Elisabeth Hasselbeck for Dialogue." She and her husband Tim Hasselbeck, a former NFL Quarterback and now an ESPN NFL analyst, have three children, Grace, Taylor and Isaiah.
The View is the recipient of 29 Daytime Emmy® Awards, numerous Daytime Emmy Award nominations, including 11 consecutive nominations for Outstanding Talk Show and 13 consecutive nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Daytime Emmy® Awards history was made on August 30, 2009 inside the historic Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles when on-stage presenters Jeannie Garth and Lori Loughlin announced that The View hosts, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd, were named Outstanding Talk Show Host. It was the first time in the 36 year history of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) that multiple talk show hosts were bestowed this honor. The women of The View have been nominated for 12 consecutive years in this category, making this their first win. The winning submission for the show, dated March 28, 2008, featured (then Democratic presidential candidate and senator) President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, made a historic visit to The View on July 28, 2010, marking the first time a sitting United States President visited a daytime talk show. The full hour was broadcast on ABC on July 29, 2010. Barbara Walters, in honor of this rare occasion, made one exclusive in-studio appearance to mark this historic hour for The View. The President touched on topics including his administrations accomplishments, jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House. When Ms. Walters asked the President "Do you really think that being on a show with a bunch of women, five women, who never shut up is going to be calming?" The President responded "Look, I was trying to find a show that (First Lady) Michelle actually watched, and so I thought this is it, right here. All those new shows, she's like, eh, let me get the clicker." The hour with President Obama ranks as the show's most-watched broadcast ever in total viewers (6.59 million), exceeding its previous peak delivery achieved the day after the 2008 Presidential election (6.17 million, 11/05/08). "We were honored to have President Obama on The View. The ratings indicate that our show continues to break new ground. The View has proven to be an important stop for political candidates and is appointment television for our loyal audience who value our opposing views," said Ms. Walters. "A historic interview leads to historic ratings," said Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. "It was wonderful to have Barbara Walters back for the interview with President Barack Obama, her first interview since her heart surgery, and together all five co-hosts did what they do best, ask the questions that are on our viewers' minds."
In April, 2010, The View ranked #8 in TV Week's "10 Most Powerful in TV News" saying, "ABC's daytime talk show The View represents a growing phenomenon in TV news..." and "its roundtable talk is becoming increasingly political, a far cry from the fashion, celebrity, and relationship issues that once dominated the show..." "The hosts have debated gay marriage, the Sept. 11 terrorist trials and the President's State of the Union address. Evan Bayh skipped the traditional Sunday talk shows and went to The View to explain why he plans to leave the Senate -- and got a grilling. Democratic strategist Kiki McLean told the L.A. Times that the show is a factor in campaign strategic planning."
In addition The View received both the 2009 & 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series, the Gracie Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, two Prism Commendations presented by the Entertainment Industries Council & National Institute on Drug Abuse, the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Talk Show, the Los Angeles Daily News Reader's Choice Award for Best Morning Talk Show, the Good Housekeeping Great Works Award, and was also voted Favorite Talk Show by Viewers Voice, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports television programming.
In May 2009, The View hosts were chosen as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time. In July, 2009 Forbes ranked The View #11 among "30 of the Most Influential Women in Media." Additionally, they appeared in the "Time 100/Anderson Cooper 360° Special: The World's Most Influential People."In 2009, Variety wrote, "Last year's presidential election was a boon for cable news networks, but it also proved to be a windfall for daytime's hottest show -- The View," and "The rise of The View comes as virtually every other daytime program is trending downward in the ratings," and "The View draws an audience that's desirable to advertisers."
In September, 2008, the show launched a "Red, White & View" campaign highlighting interviews and informational segments that helped promote civic responsibility during the election season. The "Red, White & View" campaign was another example of how The View established itself as an important player in the political process.
In May 2001, the co-hosts were awarded the Safe Horizon Champion Award for their continued efforts to raise awareness on issues of importance to girls and women. In March 2002, The View received the Linda Dano Heart Award from Heartshare Human Services of New York for its programming philosophy that brought enlightenment, entertainment and comfort to families throughout the Nation and New York in the wake of September 11, 2001.
The co-hosts have appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, HBO's Entourage, Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, Ugly Betty and their own "Super View" segment, broadcast during the Super Bowl pre-game show in January 2000. In March 2002, they hosted a special wrap-around entitled "Bonding with 'The View'" for the ABC network premiere of Diamonds Are Forever. The co-hosts have graced covers of magazines, including TV Guide and Ladies Home Journal. In May 2003, the co-hosts were featured as part of the live, three-hour broadcast of "The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" with a comical segment entitled "The View from the Daytime Emmys." Together they appeared in a January 2006 "Got Millk?" ad.
In February 2006, as part of a 2000th Show celebration, the co-hosts, along with executive producer Bill Geddie and ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
In the highest form of adulation, and in clear recognition of the show's popularity and success, The View has been the subject of a number of satires, from SNL and The Simpsons to MAD Magazine.
In July 2008, The View broadcast live with T-Mobile USA, Inc. as a single commercial sponsor, adding bonus time to the show's popular "Hot Topics" segment, a result of limited commercial interruptions. The unique sponsorship was the first of its kind for both The View and ABC Daytime. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, The View was broadcast live from City Hall Plaza in Dallas, TX in October 2004. During the trip, the co-hosts unveiled the "Quilts of InspirationTM," a 24' x 24' quilt that was auctioned off to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In February 2004, The View broadcast live, poolside from Caesars Palace in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. The View returned to Las Vegas in June 2008 and February 2006 to broadcast a week of live shows from outside Caesars Palace. In October 2003, the show unveiled a series of "firsts," as the program broadcast live for one day, outdoors on the campus of the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, for the exciting grand finale to "The View from Your Hometown" contest. In June 2003, The View broadcast its first live primetime special entitled "The View: His & Her Body Test" - an hour that included gender related "Hot Topics," celebrities and a real-time multiple choice quiz. In March 2003, "The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" nominations were announced live on The View. This first-ever one-hour national television talk show event featured a dazzling lineup of Daytime stars from all three major networks. Live nomination ceremonies were also featured in March 2002 ("The 33rd Annual Dayitme Emmy Awards") and April 2008 ("The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards"). The View broadcast "After Party at 'The View,'" the show's first live late-night special following the Academy AwardsTM.
The View is produced by ABC Daytime and Ms. Walters' Barwall Productions, with Ms. Walters serving as executive producer along with Bill Geddie, who also serves as executive producer for The Barbara Walters Specials. The View is directed by Mark Gentile. Musical performances produced and directed by Mark Gentile.