On August 11, 1997, a new daytime, women-fronted talk show called The View debuted and the landscape of daytime TV was forever changed.
At its outset, five opinionated women (some well-known and some under-the-radar) helmed the show and chatted about taboo topics and hot-button issues in front of a live studio office. Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos were the first ladies at bat (or at chat, really) on the revolutionary program that’s still making headlines.
Some of the women, like Whoopi Goldberg, have lasted more than a decade, while others, like Raven-Symoné (and many more), were one-season wonders. Meanwhile, Behar bid farewell to the gig in 2013 after being on the show for six years, only to come back in 2015.
An amazing 20 years later, the view of The View is looking rather different than it did two decades ago (save for the presence of Behar)— the show’s other four co-hosts are Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin.
In honor of tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the trail-blazing show, check out all plethora of women who have said goodbye to their co-hosting gig (BTW: some left without a fond—or any—farewell) and changed what it means to, “take a little time and enjoy the view”…
And in case you wanted a list of all the ladies (and when they were there) who have darkened The View‘s doorstep, here ya go…
Barbara Walters: 1997–2014
Joy Behar: 1997–2013; 2015–present
Meredith Vieira: 1997–2006
Star Jones: 1997–2006
Debbie Matenopoulos: 1997–1999
Lisa Ling: 1999–2002
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: 2003–2013
Rosie O’Donnell: 2006–2007; 2014–2015
Whoopi Goldberg: 2007–present
Sherri Shepherd: 2007–2014
Jenny McCarthy: 2013–2014
Rosie Perez: 2014–2015
Nicolle Wallace: 2014–2015
Michelle Collins: 2015–2016
Candace Cameron: Bure 2015–2016
Paula Faris: 2015–present
Sara Haines: 2016–present
Jedediah Bila: 2016–present
Sunny Hostin: 2016–present
Check out The View, weekdays at 10 a.m. on ABC.