Get ready to see a host of hosts!
As part of 'The View's week-long farewell to Barbara Walters, who announced her official retirement date just last week, the ABC talk show has arranged for all 11 of its co-hosts, both past and present, to reunite on Thursday, May 15 for a live celebration of the show's creator, who will take her final bow the following day.
Former hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Rosie O'Donnell, and Elisabeth Hasslebeck will join current co-hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, and Sherri Shepherd for what's sure to be an unforgettable (and extremely chatty) episode.
Along with the reunion, the show plans to commemorate Walters’ final week (May 12-16) with 'ABC: A Barbara Celebration,' featuring surprise guests, dedicated segments, and retrospectives of Walters’ life, both on and off screen.
Of course, Walters has no intention of retiring completely. She will continue to serve as executive producer for 'The View' and remain a lifetime member of the ABC News team, contributing as news warrants.
“Barbara Walters’ status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable,” ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said in a statement. “By creating a talk show panel with multiple hosts she changed the daytime landscape with a concept that is now widely emulated. It’s a true testament to her legacy. We are grateful to her and recognize her enormous contribution to ABC Entertainment and the indelible mark she has left on television."