After a very tumultuous year for “The View,” ABC officially has rounded out the cast for Season 19 of the daytime talk show. Filling in for the cavalcade of hosts that left the show in the most recent season, the network is bringing on a combination of new and old blood to keep audiences watching.
The Hollywood Reporter said “The View” is bringing back former host Joy Behar to replace one of the three vacant chairs left after the Season 18 exit of Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace. Behar was on the show for 16 seasons before exiting the series in August 2013. The 72-year-old comedian will be joined by two newcomers to “The View” hosting chairs, “Fuller House” star Candace Cameron Bure and “Good Morning America Weekend” co-anchor Paula Faris. Together they will join the three remaining Season 18 hosts Whoopie Goldberg, Raven Symoné and Michelle Collins.
“As ‘The View’ embarks on a remarkable 19th season, I am extremely proud to see the legacy of smart and diverse women engaging in entertaining and thought-provoking conversation continue,” creator and executive producer Barbara Walters said in a statement (via Entertainment Weekly).
Behar’s involvement in the show is surprising given that, just a matter of weeks ago, she confessed during an interview on WBAZ, Bridgehampton, New York, not only had “The View” approached her to return to the series in Season 19, but she’d turned down the job.
“They wouldn’t really negotiate well enough for me,” she said. “And so I said, ‘No, I’m not coming back.’ I mean, if they were giving me a bigger role on the show, and giving me some power to actually make some changes and let them benefit from my expertise after being there for 16 years -- but they’re not going to do that, so why would I want to bang my head against the wall?”
So, either banging her head against the wall suddenly sounds a lot more appealing, or fans can expect to see some of the changes to the show when it returns Sept. 8.