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About The Show

about the show

“The View,” recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Talk Show,” is ABC Daytime’s morning chatfest, 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 Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. “The View” consists of hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment. The program is now in its 17th season on ABC.

The 2013-2014 season will mark Barbara Walters farewell season on the daytime show she created as she celebrates her final year on broadcast television. Ms. Walters’ unparalleled career began in 1961 as a writer and on-the-air reporter for the “Today Show.”

In September, 2008, the show launched a highly successful “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. “For politicians, ‘The View,’ on ABC is a halfway house in between a CNN interrogation and the razzing of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’”(The New York Times, March 2008). “You need to know about (‘The View’) because all the political candidates show up on it eventually, and the panelists engage one another in some of the sharpest and most intensely publicized conversations about various matters of urgent public concerns” (Arkansas-Democrat Gazette, August 2008).

“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® Award 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 winning submission for the hosts, dated March 28, 2008, featured then Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama.

In Addition “The View” received the 2009, 2011 and 2013 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 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,” and together appeared in a January 2006 “Got Millk?” ad campaign.

In February 2006, as part of  “‘The View’: 2000th Show” celebration, the hosts, along with executive producer Bill Geddie, 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 Inspiration™,” 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 Awards™.

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. 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.

“The View” also made history on April 22, 2010 when, for the first time, a sitting Vice President was a featured guest on the show. During three live show segments, current Vice President Joseph R. Biden took questions on everything from foreign policy to Sarah Palin, taxes to UN sanctions against Iran.

In June, 2010 a surprising turn of events lead to some historic moments for “The View.”  It was a series of “firsts” as men would moderate, two men would be integrated into the mix of the all female panel (as moderator and co-host) and featured Sherri Shepherd, former co-hosts Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and would each moderate for one day. On June 16, 2010, television journalist/sportscaster Bryant Gumbel became the first man ever to moderate “The View.”    

“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.


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